29/05/2024
George Wardlaw. Picture: North Melbourne FC

George Wardlaw. Picture: North Melbourne FC

North Melbourne draftee George Wardlaw will get the opportunity to showcase himself to the Kangaroos faithful after being selected for his AFL debut on Saturday against the Sydney Swans at Marvel Stadium.
 
18-year-old Wardlaw was North’s second pick and the fourth overall in the 2022 AFL Draft, following from Harry Sheezel.

Wardlaw will become the Kangaroos’ third debutant of the season, following Sheezel in Round 1 and tough nut Blake Drury in Round 8.

North Melbourne list manager Brady Rawlings said on draft night the youngster’s versatility was a key attribute for fans to look forward to.

“We want to build a midfield that’s got a lot of depth and be able to play in different positions – we believe the guys we have picked over the past few years can really take us forward,” he said.

“With George we know he can go forward as well and have some impact and Harry as a forward can go in the midifled, we feel like we are picking some players with versatility.”

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The onballer has averaged 18 disposals, six tackles and four clearances across his five appearances in the VFL.

Wardlaw had 18 touches, laid four tackles and booted 2.1 in their 75-point victory over Frankston.
 
Wardlaw found out he would play his first senior game this weekend during the team’s Thursday afternoon meeting.

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