Taylor Garner and Lachie Hansen have been given the all-clear and will play for Werribee on Saturday.
5:08pm May 31, 2016
Brad Scott says Taylor Garner's injury was "a minor hiccup", but admits North will be "really cautious".
2:21pm Apr 14, 2016
11:33am Apr 2, 2016
5:45pm Jan 29, 2016
5:00pm Nov 23, 2015
6:53pm Sep 26, 2015
11:19am Aug 31, 2015
7:11pm Aug 29, 2015
Junior club: Rowville
Recruited from: Dandenong Stingrays
Draft: #15, 2012 National
Debut: Round 20, 2013 v Adelaide
- Tackling and pressure
- Reads the play well
- WA Supporter Group
- Centre In Financial Planning
- GA Black & Co
A surprise packet in his draft year of 2012, Taylor Garner came from nowhere to become a top prospect.
Firstly it was a bolt into the TAC Cup for Dandenong, playing in Round 1 despite a knee injury keeping him out of pre-season matches.
Then Garner frequently dislocated his shoulder playing for Vic Country during the Under 18 National Championships. He received an All-Australian selection as reward for his impressive efforts, averaging almost 15 disposals and 3.5 tackles a game.
Mid-season, from Ben Dyer
“It was encouraging to see how quickly he was able to come in and impact. He does that because he loves the contest and goes looking for the ball.
“From the games that he has played you couldn’t ask for much more considering the time he missed. Once he gets the continuity under his belt, although it’ll be late in the season, he’s going to add to the team because of the controlled aggression he brings.”
Second half of 2015, from Shane Watson
“He just enjoys playing footy after missing so long.
“He’s almost like a kid playing for his junior footy club. He just wants to get out there and he enjoys tackling and he added something different to the forward mix.
“He’s a bit taller and has a bit more size on him from being in the gym for 12-18 months. That was the one benefit of being injured; he could build on his strength.
“For the moment, he’s only played a half year in the side so his role is more likely to be as a forward as opposed to moving further up the field.”
Taylor Garner was set for a promising second year at Arden Street before a hamstring injury cruelled his progress.
Backing up from two senior appearances late in 2013, the number 27 had a good pre-season and was selected for North’s NAB Challenge match against Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium.
It was there where disaster struck, Garner injuring his hamstring tendon. While the diagnosis was originally for a few weeks on the sidelines, the youngster struggled to recover, battling through small setbacks and another slight strain in the opposite leg.
It made for a long winter in the gym and on the rehab trail, and eventually the decision was made to wrap up his season early.
Garner will resume training in early December, shortly after the Utah trip is completed.
Mid-season, from Shane Watson
“Taylor needs to work on his fitness levels. As a first year player, it’s not unexpected.
“He can impact the game at VFL level and he’s looked comfortable there at times but at the moment he can’t do it for long enough."
End of season review
Playing for North Ballarat in the VFL, he showed a knack of standing up when the pressure was at its fiercest. On multiple occasions he kicked game winning goals for the Roosters.
Garner was rewarded with two senior appearances late in the season; one as a sub against Adelaide before his full debut against Collingwood in Round 23.
- Disposals: 1
- Starting substitute
- Time on Ground: 16%
Round 20, 2013 v Adelaide
Venue: AAMI Stadium
North Melbourne: 0.2.2, 3.5.23, 8.10.58, 10.10.70
Adelaide: 3.5.23, 7.7.49, 9.8.62, 11.13.79