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Bailey’s hidden strength

Weighing in at just 74 kilograms, Bailey Scott is the lightest player on the North Melbourne list.

But the 18-year-old isn’t letting his slight frame hold him back – in fact, he’s flourished in two JLT Series games.

“I suppose the question mark was going to be about his frame and whether or not he’s going to be strong enough against men,” North coach Brad Scott said following the Roos’ JLT 2 clash on Saturday.

“I don’t care what he weighs, I don’t care about his numbers in the gym, which are good, but if they weren’t so good, it’s about how strong you are in the contest.”

Playing predominately on the wing, Scott was a shining light for his side over the past fortnight, collecting a total of 40 disposals and integrating into the game plan seamlessly.

A former member of the Gold Coast Suns’ Academy, Scott played eight games for the Suns’ state league side, alongside and against AFL-listed stars, which has evidently assisted his transition into the AFL environment.

“He’s been terrific for us, but it hasn’t been a surprise given what we’ve seen during the pre-season and in the past couple of years,” Scott said.

“He’s played a lot of footy in the NEAFL against men and performed really well.

“There have been multiple examples where he’s been up against mature players in the past two weeks and he’s more than held his own and won his contests.

“His strength in winning the ball at ground level, holding his strength in the tackle and tackling is all really good.

“If you can do that, than that’s the most important thing, not your weight on the scales.”

Selected at pick 49 in last year’s National Draft, Scott has put himself in the mix for a debut in North’s season-opener against Fremantle on March 24.

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