PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07: Chris Mayne of the Dockers looks to pass the ball during the round 20 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

REPORTS: Chris Mayne set to join North Melbourne

North Melbourne has reportedly secured the services of Fremantle forward Chris Mayne.

Former Essendon champion, Tim Watson, has reported that MayneΒ and the Roos have agreed to terms on a deal that will see the forward leave the Dockers after nine seasons at the club.

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“I’ve been told Chris Mayne to North Melbourne is done,” Watson said on SEN radio on Thursday morning.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07: Chris Mayne of the Dockers handpasses the ball during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium on August 07, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 07: Chris Mayne of the Dockers handpasses the ball during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium on August 07, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Watson went on to question whether Mayne, 27, is the right fit for the Kangaroos.

“I’m not sure he’s what they need. I’d rather Boomer Harvey,” he said.

Mayne, a free agent at season’s end, has kicked 196 goals in 171 career games and is widely expected to walk out of the Dockers at the end of the year.

He enjoyed his best season in 2012, when he kicked 39 goals in 23 games. He kicked 37 in 24 games the following season, but managed just 13 goals last season and has kicked just 18 so far in 2016.

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361 COMMENTS

  1. With Cameron Joyce as our List Manager than any poor decision is quite possible.. His decision making is nothing less than putrid. This is the same “expert” who gave up Pick 15 for Jed Anderson (a player who could only manage 10 Games in three years at his former Club).. #sackcameronjoyce

  2. The people bagging this out need to remember Cameron Joyce and Brad Scott know what they are doing! I bet these were the same people saying the Waite trade was stupid and so was the Higgins deal nothing but key board warriors at there finest!

    • I don’t mind it. He has massively under performed at Richmond but he’s not on his own there. He got the talent and there is massive up side to him and he will be cheap. It’s not like he can demand $700k per year. 200cm key forwards are hard to find so at worst he takes up a spot on the list. I’m more excited about Tom Mitchell. He’s a gun and my peeps tell me the deal is done.

  3. Just turned 28 I think , he is perfect for use , has plenty of experience to show your young forwards the way. I was hoping he went to hawthorn. Hasn’t played his best in the past 2 years, but a fresh start will be good for him…

  4. This is a win for Fremantle now they can actually recruit a forward and maybe start kicking goals. Unlucky North Melbourne you have recruited a reserves player

  5. Will be 28 when he plays if he in fact comes to North. Can be sure he will be on a long contract and really any reasonable player coming to North would want to be. Wish him the best of luck and sure will play some good solid football. No replacement at all for Boomer. SaveBoomerBoycottMembership for anyone else that’s lost faith with Scott/Brayshaw.

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