Wood sets sights on AFL return

20 November 2020 19:36:52 GMTPlus11

Mason Wood says he will do whatever it takes to get back on the AFL ladder after being delisted by North Melbourne in September.

Wood suffered a number of setbacks throughout his time with the Kangaroos that restricted him to 67 appearances, but he insists he still has plenty to offer.

The 27-year-old is now injury free following calf, knee, quad, hamstring and thumb issues, and after taking a short break is working hard on the running track and in the gym to keep himself in good condition.

The hope being he will be able to answer the call from those AFL clubs who could be on the lookout for delisted free agents at some point in the near future.

That should become clear in the next few weeks and Wood, who says he would also play VFL or state league footy for a year, wants to be ready.

"Trying to piece together for my way back in, hopefully worst-case scenario is I'll have the opportunity to train with a club throughout the pre-season," Wood told AFL.com.au.

"You don't want to rock up half-baked. After three weeks of a holiday in Queensland I was ready to get back into it.

"We spent the last five or six weeks of the hub just maintaining (our fitness) and trying to get through, we actually didn't do much training at all.

"Every time I looked at it and thought, 'Whatever way I can get back in, I feel like I've got a point to prove, I've got plenty more AFL footy left in me'.

Wood made eight appearances in 2020 and 18 in 2019. Now his injury issues are behind him he hopes to add to that tally in the AFL and there is said to be early interest from one or two clubs.

North Melbourne are priced at 200/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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