North have made gains says Shaw

16 September 2020 16:15:28 GMTPlus10

North Melbourne face a fight to avoid the wooden spoon but coach Rhyce Shaw still believes they have made some progress in the 2020 campaign.

Shaw was full of optimism heading into the season and stated it would be seen as a failure if North did not qualify for the top eight and play finals for the first time in four years.

They started well, but have faded badly losing 13 out of the last 14 games to leave them sitting second bottom on the ladder heading into the final game of the home and away season.

That comes against West Coast on Thursday night when Shaw's men need to win as they look to avoid their first wooden spoon in 48 years.

Despite their lowly position, Shaw believes that progress has been made in some areas and positives can be taken from the season. He is also excited for the future.

"It's been a really tough journey and everyone's been through it in the AFL this year, but I've certainly learned a lot about myself and what I need to do and how I need to approach certain situations," Shaw said.

"That's been great for me to be exposed to that stuff, so I can learn and move forward, but also, and just to put an end to that, is that it has been a season (of) disappointment.

"It's not one I envisaged at the start of the year, but we've made gains. I know that sounds strange, but we've made gains in areas.

"We've exposed players to the AFL level and seen if they've been up to it or not and we've got a really clear picture of where we're going and that's really exciting for me."

North are priced at 8/1 to beat West Coast, who are 2/25.

West Coast are 11/1 to win the grand final.

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