KAYNE Turner is hoping injury woes are behind him after signing a two-year contract extension with North Melbourne.
While the Roos have been ruthless with delistings after a poor 2020 season, Turner was given an opportunity to build on his 79 matches.
The former Kiewa-Sandy Creek and Wodonga player sat out this year due to a foot injury.
"I spoke to Brady (Rawlings) and 'Shawry' (Rhyce Shaw) and they put my mind at ease by saying there was no need to rush back and take any unnecessary risks with my injury," Turner, 24, said.
"I was a bit stressed about it, I'm not going to lie, but for them to have that sort of confidence in me it took a lot of pressure off and allowed me focus on the rehab side of things to get my foot right, so that was nice towards the end of the year."
The small forward is looking forward to playing under Shaw next season.
"It was a tough year but there were so many shining lights which will hold us in good stead for the future," Turner said.
"Luke Davies-Uniacke got more of an opportunity and really showed what he's got.
"Jed Anderson, Curtis Taylor, Kyron Hayden and Jy Simpkin really took their games to another level while guys like Flynn Perez came in toward the end of the year which was so good to see ... it's going to be great for their development."
Meanwhile, former North Albury and St Patrick's player Doulton Langlands has been delisted by St Kilda.
Langlands played three matches after being picked up in the 2018 rookie draft.