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Why Power swingman would be "perfect" for North Melbourne


Terry Wallace believes North Melbourne should throw their hat in the ring for Port Adelaide swingman Dougal Howard.

Howard has played 45 games in five years at the Power but has been restricted with injuries including an ACL tear in 2016.

“I’m hoping, for North Melbourne fans listening to us, that they are pursuing him and pursuing him hard because I think he’s a perfect player for them,” Wallace told Telstra AFL Trade Radio.

“They’ve got a backline spot just sitting there with the fact that Scotty Thompson retired at the end of last year.

“Personally, I don’t think the other blokes that are there at the moment in (Sam) Durdin and (Ben) McKay are strong enough to absolutely lock that down.

“I would think that they should be chasing him at 100 miles an hour. Imagine him and (Robbie) Tarrant working together.”

Dwayne Russell holds a different view on the idea of Port moving Howard on, saying there is a place for the 23-year-old in their best 22.

“I wouldn’t be trading Dougal Howard,” Russell told Telstra AFL Trade Radio.

“I can think of 15 guys I’d trade or let go before Dougal Howard. I would have Howard and Robbie Gray as my two forwards.”

Howard is yet to really lock down a consistent place in the Power team, having spent time as both a key back and forward.

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