Infotainment Factory: Kangaroos recruitment slammed after debacle

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Monday, 25 March 2019

Kangaroos recruitment slammed after debacle


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AFL reporter Craig Hutchison has voiced his concern regarding North Melbourne's recruitment of mature aged players after an 82-point Round 1 loss to Fremantle.

Speaking on Footy Classified, Hutchison explained how the Kangaroos may have been fooled by playing above expectations in 2018 when they topped up the list with Jared Polec, Aaron Hall, Jasper Pittard and Dom Tyson over the off-season.

"They’ve rolled the dice on this team being a little better than we all thought, them included, this time last year they themselves thought they were a lowly team," Hutchison said.

"Bailey Scott aside, who I thought was fantastic, I’m worried about North Melbourne this year. I think they’re not remotely in the conversation for a top eight team.

Jack Ziebell

"That’s hard to say after Round 1, but they were awful on the weekend. Sometimes you get fooled into thinking you’re a bit closer than what you think.

"All the players they brought in, maybe with the exception of (Jared) Polec are players who top you up into a finals run and you can really get left with egg on your face if they don’t work."

Since Round 12, 2018 after the Kangaroos surprised AFL experts with a great start to the season, Brad Scott's side has ranked bottom three for points against, points conceded from turnovers and pressure applied.

North Melbourne Kangaroos

Former Sydney Swans premiership coach Paul Roos said the numbers were a "big red flag" regarding the Kangaroos' 2019 premiership chances.

“Big red flag for me,” Roos told On The Couch.

“I think we all thought last year was a better effort than we predicted. (Now) you bring in Polec, you bring in Hall, you bring in Tyson, some more quality into that team. And I think your off-season always signals to everyone where you think you’re at yourself.

“We’ve just got to presume that they thought they’re on the cusp of playing finals, and maybe further up, that’s a really, really disappointing game.”

AFL reporter Craig Hutchison has voiced his concern regarding North Melbourne's recruitment of mature aged players after an 82-point Round 1 loss to Fremantle.

Speaking on Footy Classified, Hutchison explained how the Kangaroos may have been fooled by playing above expectations in 2018 when they topped up the list with Jared Polec, Aaron Hall, Jasper Pittard and Dom Tyson over the off-season.

"They’ve rolled the dice on this team being a little better than we all thought, them included, this time last year they themselves thought they were a lowly team," Hutchison said.

"Bailey Scott aside, who I thought was fantastic, I’m worried about North Melbourne this year. I think they’re not remotely in the conversation for a top eight team.

Jack Ziebell

"That’s hard to say after Round 1, but they were awful on the weekend. Sometimes you get fooled into thinking you’re a bit closer than what you think.

"All the players they brought in, maybe with the exception of (Jared) Polec are players who top you up into a finals run and you can really get left with egg on your face if they don’t work."

Since Round 12, 2018 after the Kangaroos surprised AFL experts with a great start to the season, Brad Scott's side has ranked bottom three for points against, points conceded from turnovers and pressure applied.

North Melbourne Kangaroos

Former Sydney Swans premiership coach Paul Roos said the numbers were a "big red flag" regarding the Kangaroos' 2019 premiership chances.

“Big red flag for me,” Roos told On The Couch.

“I think we all thought last year was a better effort than we predicted. (Now) you bring in Polec, you bring in Hall, you bring in Tyson, some more quality into that team. And I think your off-season always signals to everyone where you think you’re at yourself.

“We’ve just got to presume that they thought they’re on the cusp of playing finals, and maybe further up, that’s a really, really disappointing game.”

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