North Melbourne forward Jarrad Waite believes he can bounce back from an injury-ravaged 2016 campaign, as the 34-year-old is planning to play every game this season for the Kangaroos.
Waite is now the oldest player on North Melbourne’s list by over three years after veterans Brent Harvey, Nick Dal Santo, Michael Firrito and Drew Petrie all moved on during the off-season, but he won’t let that stop him from making an impact in 2017.
After surgery on a hip injury last August, Waite says his body is feeling good, as he looks to build on playing just 14 games last season.
“It’s always good to get on the end of a couple, especially in that last game before round one, but I also know that it’s a long season and I want to play pretty consistently for the whole year this year,” Waite said.
“(My body) is feeling all right, I’ve just got to manage it. I had a good chat with Brad (Scott) and the fitness staff to work out the best possible outcome for me to play a full season and that’s the plan now.
“We’ve just had a really little chat but we’ll probably have a sit-down now because obviously it’s not good only playing 10 or 12 games, so I want to play a full season unlike the year before.”
The former Carlton forward isn’t envisaging rest throughout the season either, stating that topic hadn’t been discussed at any stage in the pre-season.