Carlton midfielder Chris Yarran says he desperately wants to regain the respect of the playing group and supporters after being dropped for a lacklustre effort as a substitute against Essendon last round.

Yarran, who showed plenty of promise in the second half for the Northern Blues in the VFL at Preston City Oval on Saturday, apologised after being accused of poor body language when coming on as a substitute at three-quarter time against the Bombers.

He admits it was a lesson learnt after missing the clash against the Hawks.

”I just wanted to come out today and contribute to the team because there’s been a lot of stuff that’s been said about me in the last week and I don’t want to be remembered like that as a player,” Yarran said.

”Just to get the respect back from the players and more so our supporters, I had to prove a point today and I thought I did that pretty well today, which was good.”

”We’ll move on now, I’ve learnt my lesson, that’s for sure,” he said.

Yarran, who had seven tackles, had a slow start to the match but started to find some spark late in the second half when he drifted more into the midfield, finally shrugging off the tag of Frankston’s Riley Heddles to kick a last-quarter goal.

”I freed up a little bit more and playing through the midfield a bit more helped. It was a team effort today and my personal form was OK, I guess,” he said.

Blues development coach Luke Webster said he was delighted particularly with Yarran’s defensive efforts.

”We played him [Yarran] through on-ball and forward and I thought the things he did, he did a couple of really good chase-down tackles and his work rate around the stoppages was pretty good,” Webster said.

”He did waver a little a bit in that third quarter but I thought the boys and especially Chris stepped up again when they [Frankston] started to come and they got their work rate going again,” he said.

Yarran said he could play in the VFL again next Saturday against Williamstown as the AFL team has a bye – but he was hopeful of returning to the AFL ranks against Sydney the following week.

”I think so. It’s not up to me to call that, it’s up to Mick. I’ll sit down with him this week and have a chat with him and see what he wants,” he said.

Blues rookie Nick Graham starred in his return from a knee injury with 23 disposals on limited game time.

Webster said the former Gippsland Power midfielder was likely to make his AFL debut this season.

”It was good to see Nick back out there again with all the work that he’s done in his rehab program … he used the ball really well and he was really clean around the stoppages,” Webster said.

Webster said he was also encouraged by the performance of Nick Duigan in a shut-down role on Frankston’s Sam Lloyd.

”I thought Duigs did a really good defensive role but he also gave us some drive off half-back,” he said.

Other Blues to impress included ruckmen Robbie Warnock (30 hitouts, one goal) and Shaun Hampson (20 hitouts, two goals), midfielder Dylan Buckley (21 disposals) and teenaged forward Troy Menzel (20 disposals).

Young forward Luke Mitchell also kicked four goals.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.