MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Braydon Preuss of the Kangaroos in action during a North Melbourne Kangaroos Training Session at Arden Street Ground on January 15, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Out-of-favour Kangaroos ruckman Braydon Preuss will request a trade during the off-season, with Melbourne shaping as his preferred destination, according to The Herald Sun’s Sam Landsberger.

The 23-year old has not registered a senior game this season as North Melbourne have opted to play veteran big man Todd Goldstein solo, making his interest in the Demons strange given he would be behind All-Australian star Max Gawn.

The Kangaroos are open to making a trade but if a deal does not appease them are happy to retain Preuss.

Preuss is contracted at Arden Street until 2020 and is primed to be Goldstein’s successor in the ruck, who comes out of contract at the end of 2019 but is coming off a revitalised season.

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Goldstein averaged 14.6 disposals and 35.6 hitouts while appearing in all 22 games over the 2018 season but turns 31 years old next year.

The Demons first pick in the upcoming draft is No. 32 and are in need of a back-up ruckman as insurance for Gawn.