MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos handballs during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL training session at Arden Street Ground on August 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

North Melbourne has released a statement on former captain Andrew Swallow following his comments regarding joining his brother David at the Gold Coast Suns.

Swallow told LightFM radio station on Sunday evening he would “love” to play alongside his brother at the Suns if the opportunity presented itself.

The Kangaroos said in a statement on Monday afternoon the club will not stand in Swallow’s way should he officially request a trade.

Swallow has played a total of 224 games with the Ross, captaining the club from 2012 to 2016 and winning three Syd Barker Medals.

Read the Roos’ statement below:

North Melbourne is open to working with Andrew Swallow should the former club captain ask for a trade, GM Football Cameron Joyce says. 

Swallow told LightFM radio on Monday morning he would “love” to move to Gold Coast to play alongside younger brother David, saying he is exploring his options this trade period after a difficult 2017.

“First and foremost, Andrew is contracted next year but we have made contact with him and his management and fully respect his position and thinking,” Joyce told NMFC.com.au.

“Last year he had to battle for a spot in the senior side and if he feels there would be more opportunities for him at another club, whether it’s with the Gold Coast or elsewhere, we certainly wouldn’t stand in his way.

“However, we are also keen for him to stay as his playing abilities, leadership qualities and character are all assets for us.”