PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Shaun Higgins of the Kangaroos looks to pass the ball during the round one AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Optus Stadium on March 24, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

St Kilda are set to rival Geelong in the pursuit for North Melbourne veteran Shaun Higgins.

The 32-year-old has been closely linked with a move to Kardinia Park, with the Saints now joining the race, according to afl.com.au.

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Higgins is believed to be keen on chasing a premiership, with Geelong and St Kilda both suited for the veteran after finishing in the top eight in 2020.

It is understood that Higgins has been told he is free to look elsewhere as the Kangaroos look to open up cap space and boost their draft hand.

Geelong offered the former Bulldog a three-day deal during last year, with Higgins a former Geelong Falcon junior.

The Cats would now be looking into a two-year deal for Higgins, with the Kangaroos likely to pay some of his wages for 2021.

Geelong currently hold there first round selections for the 2020 draft after collecting Wests Coast’s opening selection and the Suns’ compensation pick during last year’s trade period.

North Melbourne currently hold two first round selections of their own after acquiring Melbourne’s first selection last year.