Were North Melbourne too quick to 'turf' out Majak Daw? Essendon great Tim Watson believes they may have been.

The big man was one of 11 players delisted by the Kangaroos at the end of last season after 54 AFL games since being picked up in the 2010 rookie draft.

Following injuries to Ben Brown (knee) and Sam Weideman (leg), Daw, 29, is now training with Melbourne over the pre-season in the hope of wining a list spot during the supplemental selection period.

He was originally set to play for Northern Football League side North Heidelberg this season prior to getting the call up from the Demons.

Speaking on SEN radio this morning, Watson questioned if axing Daw was the right move by the Roos, suggesting he may resurrect his career at the red and blue.

“I would’ve thought given how difficult the season was for North last year, that it was difficult for anybody to get some form of continuity or consistency,” Watson reflected on SEN Breakfast.

“They didn’t know what they wanted to do last year, they changed the way they played almost weekly.

“You have to be careful about how quickly you turf people out, when you don’t have those hard and fast styles of play people can find their spot and perform in.”

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One of the swingman's greatest attributes is his versatility, with Daw playing both in defence and attack during his seven seasons at Arden Street.

The Demons will likely look to deploy Daw as a key forward after their stocks took a hit during the pre-season, with Tom McDonald their only seasoned key forward left who is healthy.

Melbourne legend Garry Lyon highlighted the great opportunity that now presented itself for Daw to earn an AFL lifeline.

“If I was coach of Melbourne I’d sit him down and say, 'Maj, it’s all there for you to take hold of. Just come out and rip this thing to shreds for the next four weeks',” Lyon enthused.

“What a chance, what an opportunity this is for Majak Daw.”

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Daw missed the entire 2019 season after breaking his breaking his hip and pelvis in a fall from the Bolte Bridge at the end of 2018.

He returned to play four games in 2020 before being let go at the end of the season.

The Demons will have until March 9 to sign players via the SSP, or can hold list spots over to he mid-season rookie draft on June 2.

The club has three available list spots for the 2021 season, currently trialling Daw, Kobe Farmer (son of club great Jeff) and Dandenong Stingrays product Deakyn Smith.