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We need Carey back at Roos: Simpson

By Robert Grant 18/03/2009 05:19:20 PM Comments (0)

A rehabilitated Wayne Carey will be an ideal promotional weapon for North Melbourne in its bid to avoid relocation, according to former skipper Adam Simpson.

Simpson said he welcomed the move by the club and its wayward superstar to make peace, with the former superstar forward set to take up an ambassadorial role with the `Roos.

Simpson, who stepped down as captain at the end of last year, said the club needed former stars like Carey who will be inducted into North's Hall of Fame after a period of admitted drug abuse and brushes with the law.

"It opens the door a little bit for Wayne to come back and (know) he has the blessing of all the people around the club," Simpson said.

"It will help him with his recovery and with the club moving forward. I think we need people like Wayne behind us and in our camp to help promote the club and make sure we secure our future here."

He said it was unlikely Carey would be used in any assistant coaching role, however.

"I'm not sure they've actually spoken too much about Wayne actually coming down and working with the players as such yet but (he will play) more of an ambassador's role, I'd say."

Meanwhile, after handing over the captain's job to Brent Harvey, Simpson said he was anticipating spending more time on the bench this season.

"It might be a bit hard to get a game this year - normally the skipper gets a game no matter what," he said.

"I feel like I'm fighting for my spot a little bit more now, which is a good thing because I've got no injuries.

"Looking at some of the players that have played through the midfield over the pre-season, you can see some guys who have really developed in the last four or five weeks.

"It wouldn't surprise me if it did drop back a little bit but I won't make it that easy for them.

"If I do start on the bench or my game's a bit limited, as long as I have an impact and hold my spot, I'm not too worried about it at the moment," Simpson said.

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