Zurhaar, Davies-Uniacke set to return

Cameron Zurhaar is expected to play against Fremantle this weekend.
Cameron Zurhaar is expected to play against Fremantle this weekend.

North Melbourne coach David Noble has joked that the hotel buffet could prove the winless Kangaroos' biggest obstacle when they face in-form Fremantle at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

For roughly half of Noble's young team, it will be their first time playing in Perth and he stressed the importance of maintaining their usual routines.

"We need to make sure they plan and understand, I think one of the areas that you can get caught in is eating too much," Noble said at Arden Street on Thursday.

"You know, you go to the buffet and you probably eat more than you normally would, and the coaches probably fall into that (trap) as well.

"It's important they understand what that process looks like, what their pre-game meal looks like, what the travel on a plane for four hours looks like ... so that's a challenge for us."

North have lost six of their last seven games in Perth and it's something that Noble has raised with his players in the lead-up.

"It's certainly something you don't sweep under the carpet. There's reasons why," he said.

"We've got to go there with a clear plan, and part of that is bringing the right mentality on the plane, you can't just leave it here and say, 'Well we'll just do it when we get to Marvel (Stadium)'.

"You cannot pick and choose your mentality, that has got to be there every single time, and that's probably the thing the last two weeks our guys have started to really get their heads around."

Luke Davies-Uniacke and Cameron Zurhaar are both expected to return for the Kangaroos and first-year midfielder Charlie Lazzaro (hamstring) hasn't been ruled out either.

However, defender Aidan Corr is still a couple of weeks away as he continues to recover from a toe injury.

After losing their first three games by an average of 80 points, Noble has noticed the tide slowly turning in recent losses to Adelaide and Geelong.

"To travel down to Geelong, we know what a mature group they are, we've had youngish groups together at the moment that we're putting on the park. But that's the exciting thing," Noble said.

"I thought there were several times throughout the game that we battled really well to stay in the game and hang in there so I think from building that brand we want to build ... the last two weeks we've been pleased with how we've moved it forward."

Australian Associated Press