North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has urged the AFL not to forget his club as the annual debate over the introduction of a Good Friday game heats up.
League boss Gillon McLachlan said on Tuesday that the AFL would have a good look at fixturing a blockbuster match-up on the public holiday from next year.
Competition between clubs to be a part of what would be a highly lucrative game will be fierce but Scott said they should all get in line behind the Kangaroos.
“I think the whole football community are well aware that North Melbourne were not only the originators of Friday night footy but 20 years ago we were the first to talk about possibly playing on Good Friday,” Scott said.
“Twenty years is a long time to wait.
“Obviously if it’s on the table a lot of clubs will put their hands up but we certainly hope that the AFL have long memories and they remember who came up with the idea.”
The Kangaroos open their 2016 campaign against Adelaide at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
The Roos will hit the season in good shape from an injury perspective, with Shaun Higgins (knee) and Robbie Tarrant (back soreness) expected to be available to take on the Crows.
That’s good news for Scott, who is yet to guide North to a season-opening win in six years in charge.
He’s not sure exactly why that is but he’s left no stone unturned as he attempts to rid himself of the unwanted record.
“It could be (a coincidence) but we’re not leaving anything to chance,” he said.
“We’re not stupid enough to say that we’re just going to keep rolling out the same round-one preparation that we have in previous years.
“We’ve played a lot more (pre-season) games than we have previously and we’ve tweaked our training structure pretty significantly to be more ready to go at the start of the year.
“We’re not sticking our heads in the sand and saying that it’s just a coincidence.”