PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Mason Wood of the Kangaroos celebrates a goal during the round 19 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Optus Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

North Melbourne’s Mason Wood could be slated for a roll in defence next season, as the Roos look to solve an issue in their backline.

The 26-year-old was put on the trade table by the club this October, but stayed at Arden Street and has been trialled down back in pre-season, according to AFL.com.au.

In match simulation during training sessions this pre-season, Wood has played in defence, and is set to play there again on Friday in the Roos’ last simulation of 2019.

Majak Daw found his place as a defender in match simulation two years ago, and the Roos are hoping they can find Wood a spot in the team via the same route.

Wood’s spot in the forward line has been overtaken by Nick Larkey, who is now the club’s second tall.