HAMILTON Kangaroos coach Matt Dunn says the North Ballarat Rebels’ latest debutant is a player brimming with potential.
Kangaroos utility Thomas Scott will join the Hampden league’s long list of TAC Cup representatives when he lines up against Bendigo Pioneers on Sunday.
Dunn said Scott was a long-term prospect.
“He’s played four senior games this year,” he said.
“He’s very much a developing type, very raw and athletic.
“He’s still learning the game. He did a couple of impressive things in each senior games he’s played for us.
“I don’t believe he has a big footy background. He moved to the Hamilton region three years ago and had a broken leg as a bottom-age under 16s player.”
The Kangaroos will also unveil a senior debutant, with under 16s inside midfielder Lachie Dawson picked to play against Warrnambool at Reid Oval on Saturday.
Dunn said Dawson, who made the Vic Country under 16 top 50 earlier this year, had “good awareness”.
Scott and Dawson’s good fortune is in stark contrast to their Kangaroo teammate Corey Jarrad, who will undergo a second knee reconstruction. The teenager hurt himself in his second game back from a long stint on the sidelines.
“He’s been training since April and been doing contact stuff since may, so he had all the confidence in it,” Dunn said.
“He came down in a marking contest and had an idea straight away (that he’d done it again).”
Warrnambool premiership midfielder Damien McCorkell will make his first appearance for 2016 via the Blues’ reserves on Saturday. He returned from an overseas trip three days ago.