ON THE comeback trail following his cancer battle, Ben Cunnington is providing a significant boost for downtrodden North Melbourne.

The veteran midfielder has been ramping up his training schedule at Arden St as he eyes a remarkable return to the AFL.

The Kangaroos have not had much to smile about this season as they sit 1-12 following 11 straight defeats and mounting pressure on coach David Noble.

David Noble watches on from the bench during round 13, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

But North will use the next three weeks to decide on a return date for Cunnington, who completed a nine-week course of chemotherapy to treat a secondary testicular cancer diagnosis last November.

"We'll just wait and see how his body recovers, as we start to increase the loads," Noble told reporters on Thursday.

"It's brought a real pep in our step with him coming back out and the boys are very excited to get him back out into some of our main training sets.

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"Our fans should be looking forward to something in the next few weeks, we're hoping.

"There's obviously some areas Ben needs to tick off from a medical perspective; diet, running, weights and recovery.

"But he's been really diligent and he's had other players in that rehab group so he's had some company, which is always good."

Ben Cunnington at a North Melbourne training session at Arden Street on June 9, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

North will fancy its chances of ending its winless streak on Sunday when it hosts fellow strugglers Adelaide at Hobart's Blundstone Arena.

"It gives us a chance to go down to Tassie, where we like playing, and we generally get good support down there," Noble said.