Prized North Melbourne recruit Luke Davies-Uniacke is making a strong bid for a round-one debut after impressing during his first AFL pre-season.
The Kangaroos will unveil the No.4 draft pick in Friday night's AFLX round-robin tournament at Etihad Stadium.
"It's going to be really exciting to see Luke step out on Friday night," North VFL coach David Loader said.
"He's obviously a very talented young player and we're really excited about what he brings to the table.
"He's the highest draft pick this club has had for a long time."
Loader will join senior coach Brad Scott in the coaches box for the AFLX tournament before overseeing the Kangaroos' new stand-alone VFL team this season.
Davies-Uniacke, a classy midfielder recruited from the Dandenong Stingrays, has already sparked considerable excitement among Roos fans.
He is the club's highest draft pick since recently-retired tall Lachie Hansen was taken third overall in 2006.
Scott shares that enthusiasm but also moved to temper expectations of him early in his career.
"He's performed admirably through the pre-season," Scott said.
"We certainly like what we've seen so far but we're also aware that we can put far too much expectation on these 18-year-olds at times.
"He'll get his opportunity in 2018 but we're just expecting him to develop and play to our system as best he can."
Davies-Uniacke will wear the No.9 guernsey vacated by former skipper Andrew Swallow, who retired at the end of last season.