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An eye to the future for Ayden

North Geelong coach Ayden George. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Darren Phillips)

NORTH Geelong coach Ayden George isn’t get hung up on his team playing finals in 2019.

While he’d love for the Magpies to be part of the action at St Albans Reserve in late August and early September, the first-year mentor knows what they produce in final seven rounds will act as a platform for next year.

“I’m going to be focussing on the effort and what we can control,” George said.

“We can’t control our depth and our injuries, and those types of things.

“But, if we can build on just having a crack and playing for each other, and giving ourselves a chance to be in games, that’s going to be the big message for the next seven weeks.”

North Geelong enters its second meeting for 2019 against Werribee Centrals in eighth place, six points behind fifth-placed Winchelsea.

George is well aware anything, but a repeat of its Round 1 victory over the Centurions is likely to end those finals hopes.

“It’s a side we beat earlier in the year, and we’re hoping to do a similar thing,” he said.

“We need to pinch this game, and pinch one or two from sides that are sitting above us.”

The Centurions will travel down the highway full-of-confidence on the back of three consecutive wins, including at Bannockburn last week.

North Geelong, on the other hand, is looking to snap a three-game losing streak.

After being handed an 89-point hiding by Winchelsea in Round 9, the Magpies have fallen just short of Bannockburn (five points) and Thomson (seven points) in the last fortnight.

“We need to continue to bring the same effort, and crack in, and just give ourselves a chance in games,” George said.

“If we’re around the mark, you’ve got to start winning some of those that have been close.”

Experienced duo Luke Parker (back) and Brent Schwennesen (work) will be missing, while Jake Balacki and Matt Runnalls are overseas.

However, Tim McDonnell will return, and Zac Schwennesen is free to play after his report for allegedly pushing Thomson playing coach Reece Holwell into the path of an umpire was withdrawn.

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