IT is believed North Melbourne forward Ben McKinley, who kicked three goals yesterday for Werribee, has told close friends that he feels he may be delisted at the end of the season and harbours ambitions to return to study back in Western Australia if that was to be the case at the end of the season.
Or if not study back in WA, he may opt to stay at Werribee where he has become accustomed to playing over the past two seasons.
McKinley has struggled to get into the Kangaroos senior line-up since arriving from West Coast. The Kangaroos have an abundance of key forwards in the same mould such as Aaron Edwards, Lachie Hansen, who has been turned into a forward, Cameron Pederson and Robbie Tarrant, who are all struggling to consolidate their spots in the senior team.
The 26-year-old has managed just the two senior appearances at the Roos over two seasons after playing 46 matches in four seasons at the Eagles.
Still on North, and it feels that recruit Will Sierakowski is close to making his senior debut with the club after another positive game yesterday.
Sierakowski, who has been well grounded through Hawthorn’s VFL affiliate Box Hill in recent seasons, was named as an emergency for today’s clash against St Kilda.
That senior debut looks like it may come as soon as next week.
Carlton defender Paul Bower appears to be one that may be on the chopping block at the Blues at the end of the season.
Despite showing glimpses at the Northern Blues, Bower has been pushed back in the pecking order of the defence and despite the key losses of Lachie Henderson and Michael Jamison in the lead up to Friday’s clash against Collingwood, he is still unlikely to get a look in with young Andrew McInnes streets ahead of the pack for a senior debut.
Bret Thornton is the other experienced Blue in trouble at the end of the season but the club believes he is still on the “right track” after a four goal performance in the VFL yesterday.