IN POSSESSION: Majak Daw takes control of the ball for the North Melbourne Kangaroos in their clash with the Western Bulldogs.
IN POSSESSION: Majak Daw takes control of the ball for the North Melbourne Kangaroos in their clash with the Western Bulldogs. JULIAN SMITH

AFL greats want to see Roos star pushed back

NORTH Melbourne and Majak Daw both need a change of direction and now could be the time to trial something new.

That's according to Brisbane great Alistair Lynch.

Lynch believes a move to centre half-back could revitalise the career of Daw, who has averaged just 7.8 disposals, 0.9 goals and 8.9 hitouts across his 31 AFL games since debuting in 2013.

"Majak Daw is playing AFL football because he's an unbelievable athlete. So can he go to centre-half back? Because he's not a monster for a ruckman, we know he's athletic, we know he's quick off the mark, we know he's powerful," he said.

"So get led to the ball by the great players and spoil over the top, the Liam Jones style."

Despite agreeing with Lynch's suggestion, former Hawthorn forward Dermott Brereton raised concerns over Daw's ability to handle the pressure of a defensive role.

"I love your thought about playing him as a centre half-back," he said.

"The only thing I would think of that would hurt him here, why I would phase away from it, is that he's not quick hand-to-foot and at some stage he's gonna be trapped inside defensive 25, somebody's going to give the ball to him under pressure in a lock-in, and what happens then?"

But despite the concerns, particularly with the potential for opposition forwards to drag Daw to fullback, Lynch said the trial would be a risk worth taking.

"That's the reality, you're not going to be able to sit him at CHB, they're going to take him back to the square pretty quick I would have thought as well," Lynch said.

"But just I'd like to see it, to finish off the year. Let's have a look at it because there's still some questions over it."

In the past Daw has been used as a key forward, while supporting the club's number one ruckman - a role he is expected to play this weekend with Braydon Preuss named to return.

And Paul Roos says he would like to see Daw as the number one ruck choice on a consistent basis - having played the role against Essendon last Saturday.

"Preuss and Majak Daw, that's an interesting one," Roos said.

"The school of thought a bit on Majak is: is he still a developing player?

"I would like to see him get a go in the ruck week in, week out, but I don't know, I haven't seen Preuss play.

"He's certainly got that vertical leap and the question on him, I think the spray was around getting pushed in the stoppages and getting outbodied."

News Corp Australia

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