“Because of the isolation, we haven’t seen Paddy for a while,” he told Nine’s Footy Classified.
“[McCartin’s] been hitting the marks that he has to get on his testing so everything he’s doing is really good and positive.
“We have to dig a bit further to see if he’s ready to play AFL.
“If he is, then we’ll consider him but there needs to be more testing and our doctors need to have a look at him to make sure he’s 100 per cent right.”
An optimistic McCartin told SEN radio earlier this week he was in a good place following a harrowing few years.
“The doctors have told me I don’t have any greater risk than any other player on an AFL list when I go out and play footy [of] getting concussion,” he said.
Last May, the 35-gamer opened up on the horrific impact the brain injuries had had on his life.
“I haven’t really done a whole heap, I haven’t been doing a lot of anything, really, and that’s probably been the hardest part,” he told Triple M.