Robbie Tarrant
Robbie Tarrant of the Kangaroos kicks whilst being tackled. Source: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac

Rival clubs are circling North Melbourne free agent Robbie Tarrant after the former forward’s strong start to 2015 in defence.

Injuries have limited Tarrant to 46 games since he was taken by North with pick No.15 in the 2007 national draft, but the 26-year-old has been a revelation since shifting to the backline this season.

North recently opened preliminary contract discussions with Tarrant in the hope of re-signing him before he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

But understands that at least two rival clubs have signalled their preparedness to offer Tarrant up to $400,000 a season to lure him away from Arden Street.