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Paul Roos a ‘sounding board’ for new coach Noble

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“I have been around for a while but I am a first-year coach as [in] AFL, so I will be able to use him as a sounding board on areas, whether it is selection process, best and fairest, how I am feeling and [getting] balance of life [right].

“[Football manager] Brady [Rawlings] will be able to pick his brains, as [CEO] Ben Amarfio will and the board. He is a great resource to use and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Both of Noble’s two senior AFL games in 1991 were played at Fitzroy alongside Roos and his senior assistant John Blakey, who worked at the Swans with Roos and has become Noble’s senior assistant at North Melbourne in 2021.

The Kangaroos have adjusted their program slightly in 2021 to give players a set day off each week and set up a training routine designed to keep intensity high after Noble and Blakey developed the game style they will coach, which is likely to be based on fast footy off a strong contested base.

Noble, who will begin the year coaching from the bench, said the focus will be on constant improvement but they will not be using that as a shield from the ultimate goal, which is to compete for a premiership.

The Kangaroos, apart from replacing their coach, delisted 11 players last season before bringing in four recruits from other clubs and a selection of draft hopefuls led by midfielder Will Phillips, who was selected with pick three.

“It’s not quite a day at a time [but] I think when a new coach comes in with new ideas it takes a little while. Ultimately we want to chase success,” Noble said. “We want our fans to grow with the players.”

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