MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos looks on during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL training session at Arden Street Ground on June 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein says his future lies at the Kangaroos, and has said he wants to be a premiership player at the club.

The ruckman’s name has been touted as possible trade bait for North Melbourne over the last 12 months, which intensified during last season’s trade period with a possible move west to the Eagles.

The 28-year-old has been at the Roos since making his debut in round 15, 2008, and has played 182 games over his 10-year career.

With the emergence of youngster Braydon Preuss in the ruck this season, Goldstein’s future at North Melbourne has been questioned once again recently, although the veteran knows where he wants his playing future to lie.

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“I want to be a premiership player at North Melbourne,” Goldstein told Fox Sports News’ AFL Today on Saturday morning.

“That’s where my heart stays and I’m doing everything I can to get back to that.

“I feel like everything’s not that far off. It’s very close, we’ve just got to put that icing on the cake.”

Goldstein’s form this season has been up and down, and he’s averaging just 33.2 hitouts a game this season which sees him 13th among ruckman, and it’s also his lowest tally since 2012.

The left-footer was an All-Australian and a Syd Barker medallist in 2015, and has admitted he hasn’t gotten back to that standard yet so far this season.

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“I’ve set a high standard for myself over the last few years and I know myself that I haven’t reached that standard I set,” Goldstein said.

“I’m not happy with how I’ve been going. I don’t think I’ve been terrible. I think I’ve been playing okay, but I think last night might have been a step in the right direction.

“I got a lot more involvements and hopefully won my spot and I think our midfielders were a lot happier last night.”