North have had a shocking few years, and are almost nailed on to be wooden spooners this season.

However, the team is starting to get some cohesiveness about them and, with a few more years under the belt, could start to get back towards finals footy.

The thing is with North Melbourne is that they are one of a tiny group of clubs who could genuinely bring in all five of the players on this list with the cap space they have.

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5 Trade Targets: Melbourne

We continue our ‘Five trade targets for every club’ series with North Melbourne.

The idea of these stories is to identify potentially gettable targets who could fill roles, not just link every club to superstars, the likes of Marcus Bontempelli or Patrick Cripps.

In no particular order, here are five players which the Roos recruitment team would do well to target and potentially poach.


1. Joshua Kelly

The Giants star midfielder is rumoured to be out the door come season's end, and there are by all reports no shortage of suitors for the 26-year-old.

The Victorian native is set to command a huge pay-packet, and with North having money to burn could very well be landing at Arden Street.

So far in season 2021, Kelly has been immense for Leon Cameron's side. He averages 25.6 disposals, 4.5 tackles and 6.5 score involvements per game, showing he is simply at the heart of everything good the Giants do.

As a restricted free agent, North can table a mammoth bid for the star and poach him with their war chest of funds. Kelly would slot in beautifully in midfield with the likes of Simpkin, Cunnington, Davies-Uniacke and Thomas and be a huge addition to David Noble's project.