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Will Daw play forward?

Nick Bowen - AFL.com.au  July 12, 2018 2:48 PM

North Melbourne could switch Majak Daw back into attack to provide much-needed support for Ben Brown as the club's mounting forward-line injury toll begins to bite. 

Brown leads the Coleman Medal race on 46 goals, but the Roos spearhead has been increasingly double-teamed in recent rounds with fellow talls Jarrad Waite (calf) and Mason Wood (hamstring) both sidelined. 

North suffered another injury setback last round against Gold Coast when Cameron Zurhaar, who had been recalled to replace Wood, suffered a broken ankle that's expected to keep him out for eight to 10 weeks. 

In the second half against the Suns, Daw moved forward to help cover Zurhaar's absence and did so with aplomb, kicking two goals and giving North a strong secondary target. 

After struggling to cement a senior spot as a forward/ruckman over his first eight seasons at Arden St, Daw has been a revelation in 2018 after being switched into defence. 

Fitting in seamlessly alongside Robbie Tarrant and Scott Thompson, Daw has short-circuited countless rival attacks with his intercept marking.

However, North coach Brad Scott said Daw was among the options being considered to play alongside Brown in the crucial clash against Sydney at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. 

"It's an interesting debate, I think it's just horses for courses," Scott said on Thursday when asked if he was reluctant to shift Daw from defence given his career-best form. 

"We certainly have looked to give him some pretty good continuity as a defender, but again I thought his move forward last week was pretty good. 

"He not only kicked a couple of goals, but he gave us another avenue, which takes a bit of the pressure off Browny."

Scott said second-year key forward Nick Larkey was also in the mix to replace Zurhaar, while key defenders Sam Durdin and Ben McKay would come under consideration if the Roos elected to play Daw in attack. 

"They're young players that we think are capable of coming in and having an impact," Scott said. 

Scott said first-year midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke was also firmly in the mix for a recall against the Swans.

Last year's No.4 draft pick has not played a senior game since round six, but Scott said his development this year had been pleasing.

"He started really well. I think probably his game in round two against St Kilda on Good Friday was really positive and he showed glimpses of the player he's going to be," he said.  

"But we've been fortunate this year in that we've got our own VFL team, so we're able to train players exactly how we want them to play under North Melbourne's game style and conditions.

"We've had the luxury of being able to work with him on a few things at VFL level so that we don't have to work with him on the fly at AFL level.

"He probably had one of his best games last week. If he doesn't play this week, he's only just going to miss out."