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Scott: Goldstein is back

Mitch Cleary - AFL.com.au  March 14, 2018 11:35 AM

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has declared Todd Goldstein is back.

After the 2015 All Australian ruckman was dropped for two matches last year, Scott insisted Goldstein is set to return to top form this season.

The biggest cheer of North's season launch on Tuesday night was reserved for the coach's take on Goldstein. 

"From what I've seen this pre-season, Todd Goldstein is going to return to his best," Scott said. 

"I look forward to the selection headache that Braydon Preuss provides."

Both Goldstein and Preuss were used for a half each in the Roos' second JLT Community Series hitout against Richmond, with Ben Brown pinch-hitting. 

As the Roos' match committee continues to work through its preferred setup for round one against Gold Coast, Brown is ready should only one ruckman be selected. 

"I'm fine to go in there and happy to go in there if that's what the team wants me to do. I want to play wherever I'm most valued to the team," Brown told AFL.com.au

"It might come into play, it really depends how we go with our ruck set-up. 

"Whether we can play both of them (Goldstein and Preuss) or not, I'm not sure. 

"I've been trying to work on a couple of different strings to my bow over this pre-season and I'm hoping to bring them to the table come round one."

Completing on average two out of every three sessions, with the other used for cross-training in his first full pre-season, Brown is excited about the prospect of some stability in a forward line that has been ravaged by injury. 

The combination of Brown, Mason Wood, Jarrad Waite, Jy Simpkin, Taylor Garner and Kayne Turner is yet to play one match together.

"It's so exciting, all of those guys were injured at some point last year," Brown said. 

"To get all of us on the park together makes us a far better side and the competition for forward spots is particularly strong."