As North Melbourne confirmed a father-son draftee will make his debut on Sunday, they also hope another emerging young star can further his impact and help forge a return to the finals.
Ahead of the Kangaroos' season opener against Fremantle in Perth, there is a sense of optimism at Arden St about what the future holds with the next generation taking pivotal steps.
Father-son pick Bailey Scott, whose dad Robert played more than 100 games with the Kangaroos.Credit:Eddie Jim
"I am not concerned about his size. I am more concerned about his strength and his strength has been very good.
"He has fought to hold his feet in the contest, he has won his fair share of one-on-ones. His weight on the scales is irrelevant – it's his relative strength which is important."
Scott's father, Robert, was a speedy small forward and midfielder who played 132 games for Geelong before crossing to the Roos and adding another 113.
"He [Bailey] has got a similar attributes in terms of his neat ball use and his running capability and his ability to get across the ground," Brad Scott said.
The Kangaroos are hoping fellow midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke can become a consistent threat.
The No.4 draft pick of 2017 played in five of the first six matches last season but managed only two more, spending the majority of the year in the VFL.
Davies-Uniacke had been a strong clearance player in his junior years but adjusting to life in the big league hasn't been easy.
"There aren't too many players that come in in their second year and just perform every single week at a really high level," Scott said.
"Luke is certainly capable of doing that … but it's the challenge of being able to replicate that.
"His pre-season suggests he is for a good 2019. I am really excited about what he can produce because I watched him really closely as a junior.
"He is just an elite player as a junior and I think more through 2019 we will see those elite attributes come to the fore. His ability with ball in hand, to win the ball, he is a big, strong boy, and he is incredibly powerful but it has just been adjusting to the way AFL footy is played."
Scott confirmed key defender Robbie Tarrant had recovered from a shoulder injury and will line up against the Dockers.
He had right shoulder surgery in February after he was hurt in an intra-club clash and will be needed in a reconfigured backline.
Seasoned recruits Aaron Hall, Jasper Pittard, Jared Polec and Dom Tyson are all set to step out for the first time with their new club.
Marley Williams (calf) is also fit, as the Roos eye building on a 2018 campaign where they finished a game and percentage outside the top eight, although that would have been different had they not lost four games by 10 points or less.
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