GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27: Paul Ahern poses for a photo after being drafted to Greater Western Sydney during the 2014 AFL Draft at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on November 27, 2014 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

North Melbourne has signed Greater Western Sydney midfielder Paul Ahern.

The 20-year-old, who was selected with pick No.7 in the 2014 National Draft, joins the Roos in exchange for pick 69.

However, he will miss the entire 2017 season, after suffering an ACL injury in September.

He also missed the 2016 season, after sustaining an ACL injury in April this year.

Despite the horrid run with injuries this year, Ahern’s ability is highly rated, impressing in his debut season at the Giants, averaging 23 disposals, five clearances and five inside 50s in 16 games in the NEAFL.

GWS currently hold picks 2, 15, 31, 37, 51, 55, 60, 69 and 109 in this year’s draft.

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