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Charlie ready to take his chance

North Melbourne has drafted former Geelong Falcon Charlie Lazzaro. (krockfootball.com.au/Al Packer)

CHARLIE Lazzaro is ready to get down to work after the Geelong Falcons product found an AFL home at North Melbourne in Wednesday night’s National Draft.

Lazzaro, who went under the radar ahead of being selected with pick no.36 by the Roos, was confident his talent would give him the chance to live out his AFL dream.

“I spoke with about 12 or 13 clubs, and I think there were three who were probably a bit further ahead than everyone else, and their interest was around that 25-55 range,” Lazzaro, who was one of four Falcons drafted, told krockfootball.com.au.

“I was a bit surprised North Melbourne took me, and I’m absolutely ecstatic that they did, and I’m very excited for the opportunity,”

“(Manager) Scotty Lucas and I, we both had a lot of faith in my ability.

“I’m glad that it’s paid off, so far.”

Lazzaro, who impressed for Geelong College in a specially organised clash with St Joseph’s College mid-year, knows he has plenty of room for improvement in his game.

“You’ll never be a complete footballer, no matter how old or how good you get,” he said.

“For me, if I’m playing as that inside midfielder, making my weapons stronger and working on deficiencies as well.

“Whether that’s my handball in close or groundballs – you can never get too good at those.

“And as a small forward, working on my marking and being able to get separation away from my defender.”

One of two players drafted with GFL club St Mary’s as their junior home (Ollie Henry was the other), Lazzaro is also looking forward to linking up with new coach David Noble.

He’s got a phenomenal background,” Lazzaro said.

“And to be able to go there with Will Phillips and Eddie Ford, two blokes who I played a lot of footy with and against, are people I really respect,

“I’m excited for the opportunity to get to North Melbourne and be able to get my best foot forward.”

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