Wells digs deep for place in grand final

Former Kwinana Knights junior Daniel Wells.
Former Kwinana Knights junior Daniel Wells.

If Wells and the Kangaroos beat hot favourite Sydney, he will join Baldivis local Hayden Ballantyne as a recent local to play in the AFL’s biggest match in front of more than 90,000 at the hallowed MCG next weekend.

Wells rose through the ranks from Kwinana before joining Peel Thunder and was runner-up in the Sandover Medal at just 17 in 2002 before being drafted at pick two by North Melbourne.

He has played 218 games for the club, winning two best and fairest medals.

Wells missed 16 games this year due to a foot injury but will be key if North Melbourne want to overcome a powerful Swans outfit.

Wells told Channel 7’s Talking Footy on Monday that it would be a hard-fought game but he was looking forward to playing in a preliminary final.

‘It’s been a long year especially with the injuries, I’m grateful I’m playing footy at this stage,’ he said.