NICK Dal Santo says North Melbourne players are ready to bare their souls against the Brisbane Lions after going to "confession" following the opening-round flogging by Adelaide.
The Kangaroos suffered a 77-point beating on Sunday with coach Brad Scott promising a tough week on the training track.
Former St Kilda midfielder Dal Santo said, however, a heart-to-heart between the players and coaches was really what the team needed ahead of Sunday's clash with the Lions at Etihad Stadium.
"It was actually positive. It's almost like a confession, you go there and you work through it, and it is really positive when we walk out," he said of the meeting.
"It was everything from the way that we use the ball to the way we defend it when we didn't have it.
"When you lose by that margin first up, there's enough time to work through it and I'm hoping we'll put it into work this week and be ready to go."
Dal Santo (pictured with Scott), part of the leadership group at Arden Street, said he and other senior players needed to show the way
"We were really disappointed that when things weren't going well for us, we weren't able to change the course of the game," he said.
"I think it's as simple as getting your hands on the ball."
Dal Santo said Mason Wood, Robbie Tarrant, Robbie Nahas and Majak Daw were all a chance to play, while Ben Brown could also be available after being pulled out late last week.
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