Brad Scott made it quite clear in his press conferences over the past week that North Melbourne need to be ‘ruthless’ in their list assessment. Trading aggressively was mooted. Reverend Shinboner looks at who to put on the table.
I’ve never been a big fan of trading. Building from your own is always so much more powerful.
Not only that, you risk fracturing a club’s football culture by throwing players on the table willy-nilly. It’s not the North Melbourne way.
But North need to be bold. North can’t afford to just keep pace – we need a game-changer. Landing a big fish in the off-season shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.
To do so, we’re gonna have to give someone up. Probably someone I like, and definitely someone the football world rates. It’ll hurt.
Back in 1996, North traded out its vice-captain and premiership midfielder, Wayne Schwass. I was stunned.
But we got Shannon Grant in return. History shows it was a masterstroke.
Time for another game-changer.
Here’s who I’d look at putting up for trade:
Both Scott and McIntosh have stated repeatedly that H will stay on at Arden St. He is contracted. But the unavoidable truth is that Hamish has serious value on the trade table and Goldstein has emerged as North’s no.1 ruckman. With Pedersen and Petrie both capable of providing back-up, and the big Daw sitting in the wings, it’s hard to see McIntosh as anything other than an expensive insurance policy.
A Gippsland boy shows promise and potential, but is yet to deliver consistently. Sydney are allegedly keen. With plenty of big men on North’s list capable of stepping up and taking his spot, any offer has to be looked at seriously.
Classy 22-year old key position player has plenty of upside, which equates to value on the trade table. While reluctant to let a player of his potential go, the reality is that there’s little room for him up forward and the backline requires a gorilla, not a mid-sized athlete. May be worth a look if Hansen doesn’t attract interest.
Of course, this is purely dependent on landing some quality at Arden St.
Reverend Shinboner’s trade targets coming soon.