during the round 13 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on June 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Veteran North midfielder’s career in limbo

Veteran North Melbourne midfielder Nick Dal Santo could finish the season without knowing if he will be offered a contract for 2017.

Speaking on RSN radio on Tuesday, Dal Santo said he wants to play on next season, but is yet to be told if he is a required player at the club beyond 2016.

“Absolutely, I want to play next year,” Dal Santo said.

“I understand the club’s position as well, and we are in a unique situation where there’s a lot of us over that dangerous age of 30, but by saying that I feel like if you’re playing good footy and you give them good evidence, you’re a good shot to play.”

The 32-year-old admitted it would be nice to know one way or another prior to playing the final game of the year whether he will be at the Kangaroos next season.

“It’s not about a farewell game or anything like that, but even with family and friends it would be nice for them to come and say, ‘That was Nick’s last game’,” he said.

Brent Harvey is in a similar situation.

“Potentially we could walk off the ground not knowing (if it’s our last game).”

Dal Santo has played all but one game this season, averaging 24.6 disposals, 3.8 marks and 3.5 tackles per game.