PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 10: Jake Kelly of the Crows looks on during the round 12 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Adelaide Crows at Optus Stadium on June 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Adelaide Crows defender Jake Kelly is weighing up a return home to Victoria, with North Melbourne looming as a potential suitor.

The 26-year-old is an unrestricted free agent, meaning he can find his way to the club of his choice without any resistance from the Crows. Adelaide is supposedly keen on re-signing Kelly, but three weeks after the conclusion of the season he remains out-of-contract.

According to an AFL.com.au report, the Crows have proposed a multi-year agreement to the medium defender in a bid to keep him at the club.

However, the Kangaroos are said to be keeping a close eye on Kelly's situation.

North Melbourne senior coach David Noble was Adelaide's list manager in 2013 when the Crows drafted Kelly, so the link to Arden Street is clear to see.

The Roos may be looking to add to their defensive unit, after 2020 free agent acquisition Aidan Corr managed just two games this year due to a toe injury, while Robbie Tarrant and the club are yet to agree on a new deal for 2022.

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Speaking back in July on SEN, Kelly said he was in no rush to put pen-to-paper. He did say at the time that talks were going well.

“We’re working through (the contract talks) at the moment,” he said.

Kelly, who missed just two games this year, finished seventh in Adelaide's best and fairest after averaging 15 disposals, five marks and three rebound-50s per contest.

The Crows re-signed ball-winner Matt Crouch last week, but didn't offer contracts to veteran pair Daniel Talia and Tom Lynch and fare-welled retiree David Mackay.