Tarrant moves back to go forward
INJURY-cursed North Melbourne tall Robbie Tarrant hopes a move back can help take his career forward.
After being taken at pick No.15 in the 2007 AFL Draft, Tarrant has been limited to just 39 AFL career games and just one VFL and one AFL game in 2014.
With the emergence of Aaron Black and Ben Brown and the arrival of Jarrad Waite in the forward line, Tarrant hopes he can cement a place in defence alongside Scott Thompson, Nathan Grima and Lachie Hansen.
Tarrant had season-ending surgery in June last year to repair a stress fracture in his tibia and the Kangaroos have carefully managed his workload during the pre-season.
“It’s probably the most sessions I’ve done in a row for a good four or five years,” he told the club’s website.
“I haven’t just been injured for the last year, it’s been a seven or eight-year period where I’ve struggled to go through the whole year without getting injured.
“I’d love to get to as many games as I can individually, but the most important thing now is I think we’re in a good window for some team success and I just want to be a part of that.”
Tarrant wasn’t concerned with his move into defence after starting his career in the backline.
“I’m learning the role now and I’ll jump in with Scotty Thompson, (Nathan Grima) and (Lachlan Hansen), and try and learn some things off them,” he said.
“I’ll probably look to play on the bigger sort of forwards. I still back my running in against most (players).
“I know the forward role relatively well now so I can always flick back forward, but I’m going to give it my best and hopefully I pick the defensive side up pretty quickly and that works out.”