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Kangaroos unsure on managing Pratt

By Roger Vaughan 16/03/2009 09:24:55 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne are undecided how to manage Daniel Pratt as they try to bring him back into the AFL side as quickly as possible.

Pratt is recovering from the chest injury he suffered in round one of the NAB Cup, when Carlton full-forward Brendan Fevola cannoned into him.

The Kangaroos have applied to the AFL for Pratt to play in the VFL this weekend, but have not made a final decision.

"We discussed that this afternoon - do we play him in the VFL or do you just give him a GPS (training) session and just train him up?" said coach Dean Laidley.

"We're just a completely different side when he's in there, so that's something (where) our medicos and conditioning staff along with the coaching staff will make a decision.

"But we've certainly applied for him to play this weekend."

Several youngsters have impressed Laidley during the pre-season and are pushing for round-one debuts, including top draftee Jack Ziebell and Liam Anthony.

North have few injuries ahead of round one and Laidley says they must keep re-generating the side.

Daniel Harris and Corey Jones are two established senior players who have spent time in the VFL during the pre-season.

"They (Harris and Jones) are doing what's required, we have really tried to have a look at some different guys through the forward line and certainly through the midfield," Laidley said.

"Perhaps their performances in the first NAB Cup game weren't where we thought they would be, so we've had (three) games to have a look at some other guys.

"We'll continue to have a look at that because we need to keep finding new people, new players to add to our depth."

Laidley said Anthony had been particularly impressive since coming over from Western Australia.

"He finds the footy and he runs pretty hard, he's still got a bit to go in regards to his conditioning, coming from the WAFL, but we're really pleased," Laidley said.

"He's lost four or five kilograms since he's been here, he loves to listen and learn and work hard."

Meanwhile, Laidley has welcomed Wayne Carey's induction into the club's Hall of Fame, but says it is still too early to go into much detail about what role he might have at the club.

Carey is putting his life back on track after some well-documented personal problems.

He left the club in disgrace seven years ago after an extra-marital affair.

"In regard to the Hall of Fame, he's been the best player at the footy club, so at some stage he's going to go in there because he's an icon (at North)," Laidley said.

"He's still got a long way to go in what he's doing and where he's come from, but it looks like he's certainly started to move forward, which is great.

"At some stage, there will be perhaps some sort of role.

"You would have thought there's still a lot of work for Wayne to (do), he seems to be enjoying those steps to getting back to where he wants to be."

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