Roos won't risk Wells

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 08 Januari 2013 | 14.43

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says Daniel Wells will be ready for round one of the AFL season.

Daniel Wells is battling achilles and calf problems. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source: Herald Sun

NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott is hopeful star midfielder Daniel Wells will play in Round 1 despite more injury concerns.

Wells is still battling achilles and calf issues that caused him to miss three matches late last season and hampered his output in the Roos' elimination final loss to West Coast.

The 27-year-old has been on a managed pre-season program - including modified training on the club's training camp in Utah - and skipped the first full training session of the new year yesterday.

The rest of the Roos' squad sweated it out in a gruelling three-hour session in 35deg heat.

Coach Brad Scott said the club was taking a safety-first approach with Wells, who missed all of pre-season last season after a life-threatening blood clot.

Scott said he was hopeful Wells' fitness base would allow him to pick up the pace in time for North Melbourne's Round 1 clash against Collingwood on March 31.

"Last year even though he had the blood clot issue he still got a lot of aerobic work in, and the year before he had a terrific pre-season, so we know what he's capable of when he's fully fit," Scott said.

"So our focus is on just getting him fully fit and not taking any risks.

"We know when he's at his best and he's got some continuity he's one of the best players in the competition."

The eye-catcher at yesterday's session was Majak Daw, who is pushing for a senior debut after being promoted to the senior list.

The departure of Hamish McIntosh to Geelong leaves Daw and former Sydney big man Daniel Currie - picked up at No.56 in the national draft - challenging No.1 ruckman Todd Goldstein.

"That's going to be exciting for us and it's a bit of a new era," Scott said.

"Hamish was really important to us but now we've got three young ruckmen who are all going to push each other pretty hard."

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