Kangaroos' new Majak act hailed a success
MAJAK Daw's reinvention as a defender is already being hailed as a huge success by his North Melbourne teammate Jarrad Waite.
With one of the most athletic frames in the competition, Daw has long been touted as a potential star of the game.
But the 26-year-old has struggled to cement his spot in the Kangaroos' forward line, with Daw only managing 32 games since debuting in 2013.
In a bid to revitalise Daw's career, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has spun the magnets and thrown the key position player into defence over the summer and Waite said Daw was thriving in his new role.
"He's really physical and he loves when he can come at the ball,” Waite said.
"We know he's a really good mark, he defends pretty well and when he gets that opportunity to go for his marks he really does go for it.”
Waite also lauded No.4 draft pick Luke Davies-Uniacke, who is the club's best draft prospect since 2006.
Kangaroos supporters will get their first proper taste of Davies-Uniacke on Saturday, when he plays in the club's first JLT match in Hobart.
"He doesn't look like an 18-year-old,” Waite said.
"When you've got these draftees they all look pretty young and skinny, but he looks like he's got a good frame on him already.
"He's one of those players that even though it will be his first year, they're the type of players we need to step up and help us go forward to have a good year.”
For the first time since 2013, North Melbourne failed to make finals last season.
While most experts aren't predicting a better forecast for the club in 2018, Waite was confident the Kangaroos could silence the doubters.
"We know what our best footy can be and we showed parts of that last year,” Waite said.
"We're just focused on ourselves and we'll let our footy do the speaking. You can hear that chatter all you want, it just depends if you want to listen to it.
"Hopefully people do think we're going to finish down the bottom because we might get a few scalps which we expect to do.”