Jacobs in running for return to Roosters line-up

PROLIFIC ball-winner Ben Jacobs is in contention for a recall via North Ballarat Roosters in the Victorian Football League this week.

Ben Jacobs in action last month

Ben Jacobs in action last month

Jacobs twisted his ankle leading into half-time against Casey a fortnight ago and missed the Selkirk Roosters' win against Richmond on Sunday.

The North Melbourne-listed midfielder was close to playing last week - the Kangaroos left it until late Saturday morning, after their final training session, before ruling him out.

This in turn sparked the late call-up of North Ballarat City's Jarryd Graham, who was congratulated of his promotion to VFL ranks in City's senior pre-game address for its Ballarat Football League match on Saturday afternoon.

The Roosters will continue to monitor versatile tall Bryce Curnow, who sustained a corked leg in Sunday's game.

Roosters captain Michael Searl (finger) and Max Warren (hip) both pulled up well from the encounter.

The Roosters only sported four Kangaroos-listed players - Liam Anthony, Mitch Wilkins and rookies Warren and Eric Wallace - in a 60-point win against Richmond's full VFL arm.

Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald said it was a good reminder on the importance of developing the Roosters' list to be a competitive unit in its own right in the VFL, so North Melbourne players continued to complement the team rather than become a reliance.


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