While 2019 draftee Jack Mahony has already enjoyed a taste of senior footy, another emerging recruit is catching the eye on the training track.
Flynn Perez hasn’t had the chance to play in a scratch match just yet, but he’s doing everything right in his preparation, according to North GM Football Brady Rawlings.
“He’s going really, really well. We’re rapt with the way he’s training,” Rawlings told the media on Tuesday.
“Flynn’s been training with the main group for a few weeks now.
“He’s ticked all the boxes he needed to tick.”
The depth of the Roos’ injury list has made it difficult to organise practice matches in recent weeks, meaning Perez has been devoid of the chance to shine.
Even so, having not lined up at any level since 2018, due to a knee injury, North will no doubt be patient as the 18-year-old works back into games.
“He’s fully fit and clearly he’s never played a VFL game or a practice match for us, so if that was the case and we were playing practice matches at the moment, he’d be playing,” Rawlings said.
“He’s had a good three weeks of main sessions and fully right to play footy. It’s just whether he’s available to play AFL footy is mainly the question.
“He’s going really, really well. We’re rapt with the way he’s training.”
Rawlings said Perez had bounced back strongly from a slight setback in March.
“We’ve been ultra-cautious with him, a young player coming in with ACL history,” he added.
“We just needed to get him back to full strength for those few months after the minor setback, but he’s ticked every box since then.
“If we were playing VFL at the moment, he’d probably have three games under his belt.”
Pick 35 in last year’s NAB AFL Draft, Perez is known for his foot skills on either side of the body, and ability to play across multiple positions.