NORTHERN Blues youngster Aiden Yelland will play a handful of games for Wangaratta Rovers this season.
The midfielder hopes to play at least three home-and-away matches, and possibly finals, when his VFL commitments allow.
Yelland played two games for the Hawks last season — against Wodonga and Myrtleford.
“It will probably be about two or three games on the byes we have down here,” Yelland said.
“If I’m not selected I’ll be playing for Rovers but at this stage it will probably be during the byes.
“It will depend on what happens down here but I hope to play finals with Rovers if I can.”
The 20-year-old played 17 reserves games for Carlton’s VFL affiliate last season, mainly in the midfield and at half-back, and hopes to break into the seniors this year.
“I couldn’t quite crack in but the aim is to play some senior footy down here,” Yelland said.
“It’s hard with the amount of Carlton boys who come back but it’s a great club to be at.”
Yelland, who is preparing for his second VFL season, said Myrtleford’s Lee Dale was impressing and likely to survive the last cut at the Blues.
Yelland said his first game for Rovers would be in round 6 against North Albury on May 12.