The four players who could make or break North Melbourne in 2022

As North Melbourne has the second youngest list on average, with an average age of 23.5 per. player entering the AFL season 2022, expectations for them should not be too high for the upcoming season.

One positive thing is the arrival of Hugh Greenwood from the Gold Coast Suns, who can help Jy Simpkin and company out in midfield.

I’m keeping an eye out for four key players for the kangaroos who will have a big impact on whether they can get a surprise run up the ladder this season. Succeed, and North could well be heading in just that direction; fails, and another straight wooden spoon is not excluded.

Young gun Simpkin was a deserved winner of North Melbourne’s best and fairest in the 2021. season. valuable player for North Melbourne in season 2022.

His durability will be a factor as he has been in all 22 games of the 2021. Season he averaged the second most disposals of any North Melbourne player with an average of 26.91 dispositions per game. , with 10.68. The statistics do not lie: Ball magnet Simpkin is a long-term replacement for the still-excellent Ben Cunnington as Roos’ inner grunt man and leading ball winner. He may already be the latter.

By switching to a new role at half-back under new coach David Noble, Aaron Hall finished in fourth place in the best and fairest, despite missing two games and playing with each other as an almost unused medical sub. Despite this, he averaged the most disposals of any North Melbourne player with 27.90 – ranked 17th in the AFL – as Roos seemed to use his penetrating right boot as much as possible. He also had, on average, the most yards scored by any player in the AFL – a whopping 637.35 yards!

He played his role as an attacking half-back flanker extremely well, and along with Jack Ziebell, he will need another successful year for Roos to remain a strong rebound team outside the back line.

Todd Goldstein may be nearing the end of his AFL career, but veteran ruckman still has improvement left in him, as GWS great Shane Mumford showed in 2021.

Todd Goldstein

Todd Goldstein. (Photo by Dylan Burns / AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The role that Mumford played for the Giants was deep, regularly allowing his midfielders to use; the management that came with it was just as important. That may sound harsh to Goldstein, but he should have finished in the top ten of North Melbourne’s best and fairest in 2021, having been in all of the season’s 22 games.

With young Tristan Xerri, former Tiger Callum Coleman-Jones and mid-season draft recruit Jacob Edwards all largely unlisted as the number one ruckmen, Goldstein may even need to improve compared to 2021 this season, in order for the kangaroos to can get far up the ladder.

Then there is Nick Larkey, who has the potential to become one of the elite strikers in the AFL.

While scoring an impressive 42 goals in 2021 as a 23-year-old, he was held to one or zero goals in nine games, which is too many for a team’s spearhead.

Since he has been in all 22 matches that North Melbourne played in, it is unacceptable for a player of his talent to finish in tenth place in their best and fairest.

There is no doubt that there is a lot of hype around him, but he seems to have his feet on the ground. If he can perform to the level he is capable of, as he showed with his seven-goal battle against Carlton and star defender Jacob Weitering, then he could well finish near the top of the Coleman Medal lists in 2022.

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