With pre-season in the books, North Melbourne has a number of new players who could be in line for their club debuts against Port Adelaide, while a number of previously injured players inch closer to a return.

North Media looks at who could be in the mix.

After arriving from GWS in the off-season, Aidan Corr should make his debut in the heart of defence this week, while former Bulldog Lachie Young has impressed with his pace off half-back this pre-season.

Jaidyn Stephenson looks like a certainty to take a spot in the midfield, while Atu Bosenavulagi has the ability to play forward or back could line up in either position.

Draftees Tom Powell, Charlie Lazzaro and Will Phillips have impressed with their improvement and growth in pre-season and could get their first taste of AFL action.

Jed Anderson and Jared Polec are both close to shaking off minor injuries, and could provide some welcome leadership in the middle of the park should they recover enough to warrant selection.

After missing all of the 2020 season Kayne Turner has so far made it through pre-season unscathed and could play his first game of football in over a year should he be selected.

Jack Ziebell has recovered from the calf issue that plagued his 2020 season and looks set to line up in his new role in the back line.

While Ben Cunnington has been sidelined with concussion, should he recover and win selection it will be his first game since round five last year.