AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson believes it is time for brutal calls to be made, in relation to North Melbourne’s current list.
Robinson claims North must entertain the idea to trade players including Ben Brown, Shaun Higgins and Ben Cunnington.
“I think the club the Kangaroos, in my opinion, must consider putting Ben Brown up for trade,” Robinson said on AFL 360 on Tuesday.
“Shaun Higgins … the guy’s a star, (but) he’s 31 and (North) might get a late first-rounder for him. Ben Cunnington — these are the kind of decisions that the football department, which may not survive into next year — and I’m including the assistant coaches, the coach, the head of football — there’s some major decisions to be made at the Kangaroos and the direction in which this club is going.
“They can go along and get their one first-round pick a year because they can’t attract free agents. They’re not buying the A-Graders — they don’t want to come — they’re picking up the B’s and C’s and that’s fine.
“But if they’re going to build this club again, they have got to get early draft picks — and to do that, they must trade them in.”
The Kangaroos have had an abysmal start to the season, after winning only one of their opening six games.
The pressure continues to build on coach Brad Scott, who guided the club to three consecutive finals appearances between 2014 and 2016.
Robinson said there was a “sense of inevitability about the Kangas this year — and I feel it might include the coach.”