North coach's desperate plea for AFL help
North Melbourne coach David Noble has urged his club to challenge the AFL into giving the Kangaroos a priority pick following their winless start to the season.
Through eight games this year, North Melbourne sits at the bottom of the table, with their 0-8 start a brutal extension of a 16-game losing streak beginning from August last season.
The Kangaroos had two first-round picks at last year's national draft when they drafted midfield pair Will Phillips and Tom Powell.
Recently, the Gold Coast Suns of 2019, who finished that year at the bottom of the ladder with just three wins, over three drafts after the club put forward a case for help from the league.
"I'd love one, absolutely I'd love one. Why wouldn't we?" Noble said on Thursday.
"If we were in a situation where that mechanism could be activated, then I'm all for it. Absolutely.
"At the previous place I was (Brisbane), we applied for it. If it helps us and we feel we're entitled to that mechanism being activated, then absolutely. Absolutely."
With the club yet to win a game this season, Noble said it was only fair for the club to be given assistance if their winless season continues.
"(But) if you stopped it now, then yeah we do (deserve a priority pick). We could do with a bit more help. The rest of the year will probably determine that, but we're certainly interested in speaking to the AFL about a pick.
"It's probably from an admin perspective, I don't know whether those conversations have started to be had. But from a coaching sense, I'd certainly be keen for the club to talk to the AFL about it."
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