Kangaroos recruit Dom Tyson says his trade from Melbourne didn't come as a surprise after a year feeling out of place in a competitive Demons side, as reported by the Herald Sun.

Tyson has joined North Melbourne on a three-year deal, the second trade in his 107-game career.

The inside midfielder revealed he could have signed a four of five-year deal with the Gold Coast Suns, but was more intrigued with the prospect of moving to a finals contender.

Taken with pick no.3 in the 2011 National Draft, the 25-year old spent his first two seasons with Greater Western Sydney before moving to Melbourne at the end of 2013.

His trade to North Melbourne comes after a tumultuous season with the Demons, in which he successfully featured in all three of their finals appearances but was out of the team early and was increasingly displaced from his preferred position in the thick of it as an inside mid.

“Basically for me last year I was aware of the fact my inside midfield time was decreasing and I was a makeshift winger and in and out of the team a little bit,” Tyson said.

“They have got some really good younger players at Melbourne playing as inside mids and I could do the maths that my opportunity there was limited. Simon Goodwin was really good, he was honest.

“He and the list manager Tim Lamb said while your value is still there and you have some runs on the board, if you want to explore your options this season, we are giving you the green light to do that.

“We rate you as a person and we see a future for you next year, but we probably can’t guarantee you much more opportunity.

“When North presented to me I liked the feel of the club straight away and there was an opportunity to play as an inside mid again.

“I am excited about fitting into that group and impressing as best I can.”

Tyson was traded to North Melbourne in a direct swap with ruckman Braydon Preuss, with the Kangaroos only showing interest in the midfielder after Andrew Gaff confirmed his loyalty to West Coast.