North Melbourne trade Aaron Black to Geelong. North Melbourne receive pick 92
Geelong trades pick 92 to North Melbourne: Geelong receive Aaron Black
Black had long been thought to be headed home to play for Fremantle, but Shane Kersten overtook Black in the pecking order for the Dockers. Black shapes as being a very handy acquisition for the Cats as he can play as a tall forward and will fill the breach left by Kersten and Nathan Vardy. There is also the added unknown of the future of Mitch Clark at the club.
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North Melbourne- Size doesn’t grow on trees and with the retirements of Drew Petrie and Michael Firrito, having another player standing over 190cm would have been handy to have on the list. After breakout seasons in 2013 and 2014, Black has struggled with injuries and form and has only played three games in the following two years. Black was valued a mid fourth round pick around the 60 mark, and North have received a lot less than that so come out of this one slightly worse off.
Geelong- The Cats frequently think outside the square when it comes to trading for players and have done so here yet again. Black is mobile, a strong mark around the ground and knows how to kick a goal. Could prove to be a good foil for Tom Hawkins and work in tandem with the likes of Daniel Menzel and Stephen Motlop. Geelong have picked up a player who was originally drafted in the mid second round for a pick in the early nineties. While on current form Blacks’ stock is not the highest, the Cats still come out clearly in front as pick 92 holds no points value.
North Melbourne- In the absence of Petrie, expect to see a new forward line set-up at the Kangaroos with Ben Brown being the true tall focal point. He will be ably assisted by youngsters Taylor Garner and Mason Wood, who be back to full fitness after injury interrupted campaigns this year.
Geelong Black will be hoping to play a lot more games in 2017 and as he can take multiple marks and kick goals that will boost his flagging fantasy scores. Could also help boost Tom Hawkins output as the big Cat would appreciate another strong target down forward.