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Roos rule out Schache

Lee Gaskin - AFL.com.au  October 13, 2017 12:14 PM

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North Melbourne has ruled itself out of making a play for Brisbane Lions key forward Josh Schache.

The second overall pick of the 2015 NAB AFL Draft has attracted minimal interest from Victorian clubs during the Trade Period.

North Melbourne's general manager of football Cam Joyce said the club's priority was improving its midfield with its first two picks in the draft – currently No.4 and 22.

"We really like his talent and we liked him in his draft year," Joyce said of Schache on NAB AFL Trade Radio on Friday.

"For us, we're focusing on the midfield.

"We haven't inquired about Josh and we are probably going to look to spend our pennies elsewhere."

Schache is contracted to the Lions until the end of 2019, but the club is open to letting him go and returning to Victoria.

The Kangaroos are interested in Geelong midfielder Darcy Lang to add some outside run to their group.

The 21-year-old has played 44 games in his four seasons with the Cats.

"We've inquired about Darcy and we're still just working through that at the moment," Joyce said.

"Certainly, he wants to have some more midfield opportunities, which certainly we can potentially can provide.

"We'll just work through that over the coming week and see where that ends up."

Former All Australian ruckman Todd Goldstein is likely to remain at the Kangaroos.

It means Goldstein, Braydon Preuss and Majak Daw will battle for the club's No.1 ruck spot next year.

"We expect all three to be here in 2018," Joyce said.

"We think they all have the capacity to be the main man and all of them have showed that in fits and starts.

"It's probably difficult to play all three, but it's probably a luxury to have guys that are extremely capable and can come in at any time and fill that ruck role."

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