North Melbourne defenders Jamie Macmillan and Sam Wright have thrown some of their former teammates under the bus, when speaking about players who loved to stat-pad.
The pair were joined by Jack Ziebell on the first episode of North Melbourne’s new ‘The Players’ Podcast’, and all three players confirmed certain teammates of theirs would love to kick the ball out from full back to themselves and play on, so they could get an extra stat.
Given Macmillan and Wright spent most of last season in the backline, they both came up with the same answer, when asked who the biggest culprit was.
Wright began by saying they didn’t want to “throw anyone under the bus” before Macmillan chimed in and gave away the name, uttering “Aaron Mullett” into the microphone.
“He was the best at kicking it to himself, and I’ve seen him actually kicked it to himself before and still kicked it out from the square,” Wright added.
Macmillan then spoke about how he’s almost the opposite of Mullett, and said he almost had a fear of kicking it to himself and playing on, because of the ribbing he would have copped from teammates.
“I took a lot of kick ins last year, there were times when I knew I should have played on, because it was actually the best thing to do and I wouldn’t do it, because in the back of my head, I would think “they are going to absolutely rip me” [for doing it],” Macmillan said.
Wright also brought up former teammate Nick Dal Santo, suggesting he would pass up all options just to get himself another statistic.
“Nick Dal Santo was massive on it, he’d pass up every option like he’s looking for something, just to kick it out to himself, and still kick it to the pocket,” Wright said.
— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) January 24, 2018