Well into his third AFL pre-season, Bailey Scott is progressing both on and off the football field.
Despite still being just 20 years of age, the 2018 draftee is keen to take on more responsibility as a leader within the playing group this season, especially with this year's crop of new draftees.
“I think naturally the longer you’re at the club, the more responsibility you take on,” Scott told North Media.
“I’m more than happy to help out the younger boys and teach them their roles and responsibilities as North Melbourne players.
“With the new coaches coming in I learnt everything new as quickly as possible, so I could help the new boys transition into the AFL environment.”
Scott is looking to make himself a permanent part of the Roos’ best 22, and believes confidence is key to achieving his goals.
He was a standout at the start of his first year in 2019, earning a NAB Rising Star nomination, but injuries and form curtailed his progress.
Bouncing back in 2020, the hard-running wingman played the last 12 games and continued his improvement.
Now, going forward, he’s determined not to neglect improving on the strongest aspects of his game.
“I want to develop more confidence to bring out further parts of what my football looks like and become an important player in the AFL side this year,” Scott said.
“As I get older I need to continue adding a bit of strength to my frame and I managed to achieve a bit of that over the summer, which is awesome.
“I have a good understanding of the areas I need to work on the most, but I need to be mindful I don’t lose my run and drive with the footy in the process.”