North Melbourne has been forced to get inventive to structure enough football so that defender Robbie Tarrant was ready for an AFL return this week after the VFL was shut down by Melbourne’s Covid-19 outbreak.
But while Tarrant is ready to play, North’s mid-season number one Jacob Edwards won’t even have to meet manager David Noble face to face because of the city lockdown.
Edwards, 18, graduates in year 12 and was unable to train with his new teammates due to Covid restrictions. He attended the club this week, but Noble admitted that he was more of a long-term prospect.
“We have coordinated some training for him on site when nobody is here and a little bit off the premises. As soon as we are in the school holidays and have a little more clarity about the easing of the Covid restrictions, we look forward to bringing him to the club and finally meeting him in person.
“I’m not sure if the Intent to take him was to play him in the AFL (this year) but if his form is good enough and he warrants this selection he will fall under the criteria. With him it’s probably more long-term. ”
Star defender Tarrant has yet to play in 2021 after undergoing surgery in March to remove a small mass on his kidney.
He should have been two weeks ago make his VFL return before all games are canceled.
Noble said the kangaroos were able to restructure Tarrant’s training to prepare him for Sunday’s clash with GWS in Tasmania and that he would not have any game restrictions.
“We were happy with that, what we got in the last three weeks out of four. We feel good to pack it full again. ”Edel said.
“We were able to set up a training session for Robbie; We had a number of players that we used, we put him through a round for about 40 minutes, ”said Noble.
“We got so much out – maybe more – than we got from VFL.”
The Kangaroos will be flying in and out of Hobart on Sunday after being granted an exemption for the game.
“I am absolutely thrilled. I can see the future and history here at this club and I am really looking forward to continuing the work we have done. ”We spoke to Charlie Lazzaro after he signed a two-year contract extension. pic.twitter.com/5caCubAHp0
Although Noble won only one game this season, Noble said the Kangaroos were “confident where we are going” and had high hopes for the second half of the season.
“The most important thing is that the players have clarity about where we’re going … the standards we’re pushing won’t deviate a bit,” said Noble.
“We feel like we’re doing a good job to move our group to more of those wins. “
This positive atmosphere in the club was reinforced by the young Charlie Lazzaro, who signed on with his teammates Ben McKay and Will Phillips at North Melbourne this week.
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