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Kangaroos to feel more pain at selection time

Coach Brad Scott is unsure whether Daniel Wells (above) will have to return via the VFL.

Coach Brad Scott is unsure whether Daniel Wells (above) will have to return via the VFL. Photo: Getty Images

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says the mood at the club is low after the four-point loss to the Brisbane Lions on Saturday, likening it to a death in the family but vowing to swing the axe.

‘‘We were really disappointed with the way we played,’’ he said. ‘‘It feels like there’s been a death in the family, such is the mood of the players.’’

North faces Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium on Friday, and Scott said he had already told a couple of players they would not survive the cut at selection, but declined to name names.

‘‘I’m after a ruthless attitude from our players,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m not getting it at the moment. Players in one way, shape or form reflect their coach, so that tells me I’m not being ruthless enough with them.’’

On a positive note, midfielder Daniel Wells has resumed running, having not played since round five due to a foot injury.

‘‘He’s cleared to play as pain and function allows, but it’s still a bit sore at the moment, so I suspect he’s probably two weeks away because we’re going to have to get some conditioning into him,’’ Scott said.

He was unsure whether Wells would have to return via the VFL.

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