TOP QUALITY: Brisbane competition player of the year Tobias Figura.
TOP QUALITY: Brisbane competition player of the year Tobias Figura. Fred Husted

Burns happy to call shots from sideline after brief return

NORTHS coach Jamie Burns is happy to be watching from the dugout again rather than slugging it out in A-grade.

"I'm back in retirement," he said after playing three games for his club when they were short-staffed this season.

They were his first A-grade games in more than four years.

However, with finals approaching, Burns prefers to be working from the sideline with his professional group of players led by Tobias Figura and Mark Pocock.

He's even heading to a wedding this weekend without any concerns. "I'm pretty lucky," Burns said.

"I can go away and the whole lot of them can basically look after themselves if needed."

However, as an astute coach, Burns is mindful of the opposition lifting in the finals.

If Norths are unable to secure a direct path to the grand final, he'll be wary of Wests and Hancocks.

"I don't write anyone off," he said. "Easts only got over the top of Wests in about the last 15 minutes (of their latest clash). Other than that, it was a pretty even game really."



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