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AFL record-holder Brent Harvey backed his former North Melbourne teammate Todd Goldstein to return to his Australia form of 2015, saying he would be surprised if Ruckman was not at Arden St next year.
Goldstein was released as a possible commercial option for kangaroos at the end of the season after a modest season so far and hoping for Ruck Braydon Preuss and Majak Daw waiting on the wings.
But Harvey insisted that Goldstein, 29, next month, still has a lot to offer to kangaroos.
“I do not think the ‘Golden Man’ anywhere,” Harvey said in Ruckman’s 2015 All-Aussie.
“If the kangaroos end up chasing a Josh Kelly or someone else that way, they may have to give something.”
“But I’m not sure Goldy would leave the football club and I’m not sure the club would want to resign.
“He’s a Kangas man.I know people have talked about Preuss and Braydon Majak Daw, but Goldy was the best rugby player in the competition there for 12 months.He’s a major player.”
Goldstein shared Ruck’s duties with a Preuss in the first four rounds before the 22-year rugby league converter was retained and returned to Werribee in the VFL.
Former North Star and St Kilda Nick Dal Santo suggested in April that the correct preuss form of Preuss could allow North Melbourne to consider offering Goldstein to help secure a large market at the end of the season.
Goldstein contracts until the end of 2019.
Coach Brad Scott has recently poured cold water on the trading option, saying that clubs generally do not easily distribute their stars.
Harvey will be honored in tonight’s fight against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium, when his No. 29 would have withdrawn indefinitely. He said he could not wait for the opportunity to say goodbye to kangaroo aficionados, an opportunity he was denied last year when the North lost a tiebreaking final at Crows in Adelaide Oval.
AFL’s unlicensed women’s club team will compete Friday Friday, as they were to fight for the right to play against a team in 2019.
At least two new teams will be named in an extended AFLW, but could be higher.
Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade said his young players learn over time to advance in the AFL and team play.
Apart from Gary Ablett, Jarrod Harbrow and Steven May, all described as “exceptional”, Eade is satisfied with the way his players agree on the ground.
“There is not much room for individual improvement for many of our players, but the most important thing is to learn to share the burden and play as a team,” said Eade.
His recent win over Hawthorn and the West Coast proved that players less well-known Suns may increase over time.
Shrinking poorly, Peter Wright stepped up to the team and kicked matchwinning goal against the Eagles and is not the only player to reach the most outstanding.
In his most recent Hawthorn victory, Adam Saad succeeded to the occasion with his repeated efforts in critical defense of the Suns to stop the fall of the Hawks and get a victory.
The consistency and growth of players is something hammered Eade at home and believes that this message begins to flow at the right time of the year.
“Players become compatible with their operating week, they begin to believe we are in it,” Eade said.
“In the coming weeks, we do not play many teams are among the top five, our first part of the draw was our most difficult time of the year, if you look at where the teams are in scale.”