MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos looks dejected after losing the round three AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has taken responsibility for his side’s poor start to the season.

The Kangaroos are 0-3 to start the campaign and are in need of a victory against Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

Scott conceded the Kangaroos’ off-season recruiting spree has had an impact on their performances and said he may have made “a bit of an error” in selecting all his key recruits at the start of the season.

Jared Polec, Jasper Pittard, Aaron Hall, Dom Tyson and Baily Scott all played against Fremantle in round one, while Tom Campbell and Tarryn Thomas were selected in the past two weeks.

Scott said his team have taken longer than expected to jell and has taken the blame for the performances.

“It’s probably taken a little bit longer for us to jell as a team than I anticipated,” Scott told reporters on Wednesday. 

“Bringing in seven or so players … I thought that we could bring them together a little bit quicker than we have, so I’ve still got, in conjunction with our coaches, some work to do on that.

“I don’t think we can accelerate it any more than just keep on working on our education and how we want to play (and) reinforcing the positives, but also holding everyone accountable to the way we want to play …

“As I said, that’s been, in hindsight, a bit of an error on my behalf, because I probably brought them all in at the same time, because I anticipated that we could jell a lot quicker.”