North Melbourne and Gold Coast are reportedly in a two-horse race for the signature of former Melbourne Renegades cricketer Zak Evans.

Last month, Evans was keen to explore an option football and is managed by prominent agent Paul Connors.

The 24-year-old represented Victoria at Sheffield Shield level and the Melbourne Renegades as a state-contracted fast bowler between 2017 and 2023.

Evans is seen as a running defender and on-baller with a ready-made physique for the top level and was tipped to go in between picks 30 to 40 in his 2018 draft year, but opted to go down the cricket path.

He can be selected as a Category B rookie because he hasn't played any competitive football for more than three years.

The fast bowler had previously received interest from Geelong and St Kilda as well which has seemingly withered away over the last month.

If Evans was to be signed by either club, he'd join the likes of Collingwood's Wil Parker and Western Bulldogs' James O'Donnell in successfully making the code switch.