Lachlan Hansen
Lachlan Hansen

North Melbourne defender Michael Firrito expects both Daniel Wells and Lachie Hansen to line up in the elimination final against West Coast at Paterson Stadium on Sunday, the Roos' first final since 2008.

Wells made it through the first of two required training sessions to prove his fitness on Thursday, while Hansen is set to play despite an AFL investigation into the two head knocks he has suffered in the past month.

AFL boss Andrew Demetriou, speaking to ''SEN'' on Friday, accused North Melbourne of attempting to intimidate league investigators looking into the Kangaroos' management of Hansen's injuries.

The 24-year-old suffered a knock to the head against Essendon in Round 20 and was subbed out of last week's win over GWS with blurred vision but was passed fit to play against the Eagles by club medicos, prompting the AFL to look into the case.

Firrito declared Hansen would play on Sunday and denied any deeper knowledge of the AFL's investigation.

"Not at all, as players (we don't know what's going on). The AFL and the footy club are looking after that. I can't fill you in on too much because I'm not really informed," Firrito said.

"To the best of my knowledge he will (play), yeah."

Wells will test out the injured calf that kept him out of last week's clash with the Giants in the Roos' final training session in Perth on Saturday to confirm whether he will play.

"We've got another training session tomorrow in Perth, he looked pretty good yesterday so we'll see how he goes," Firrito said.

North were unable to tee up a training session at Patersons Stadium but Firrito believes that will have little bearing on the result and said the weather, expected to reach 30 degrees, wouldn't adversely affect the Roos either.

"Melbourne has been a little bit chilly but we haven't been there for such a long time in the finals, we'll play wherever in whatever conditions," he said.

"We're pretty excited to play over there, it's been a few years since we've played finals so we're chomping at the bit to get over there and get involved.

North haven't played a final since defeat to Sydney at the first hurdle in 2008 and will enter the clash with a largely inexperienced side.

Last week's battling win over GWS and heavy defeat to Fremantle in Round 22 took the gloss off a run of nine wins in 10 games, but Firrito insisted him and his team-mates were fully prepared for the game.

"We've got everything to play for this week and perhaps our minds were a little bit off the job (last week) but there certainly won't be any excuses this week," he said.

"We go into an elimination final and it's probably the toughest game to go over to Perth and do that.

"We want to be a really good team and we get to show that this week with a win.

"The last few encounters against the West Coast Eagles have been pretty close and hopefully this week we're on the right side of the ledger."


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