Thursday, December 9, 2021

North Melbourne’s year 12 student to undergo tests for VFL during school holidays

North Melbourne is unlikely to promote mid-season draft recruit Jacob Edwards anywhere beyond the VFL this season, as competition for spots finally has coach David Noble in a position to make even senior players earn their spots.

Edwards, taken as the first pick in the mid-season draft, has finally been able to get to the club this week while on school holidays, to undergo a series of tests to determine his fitness and strength levels.

The 18-year-old is completing his year 12 education at Mentone Grammar and will be at the club throughout the holidays.

He has also been “in the front row” at team meetings, but Noble said they would be taking a “fairly quiet” approach with the ruckman, who will play school footy before the Kangaroos determine if he’s ready for the VFL.

It comes as several senior players, including Jared Polec and Jed Anderson, eye off playing returns to add to the depth of the last-placed Roos.

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But Noble said his team’s form since the bye, which included a draw with GWS and leading Brisbane in the third quarter last week before tailing off late, meant those returning players wouldn’t just “walk back in”.

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