The North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos have wasted no time locking down ruck Kim Rennie, extending her contract by an extra season.
AFLW clubs are given a two-week window, post-draft, to sign players to one or two-year contacts. Several North draftees signed two year contracts during this time.
The club failed to reach a trade agreement for Rennie with the Western Bulldogs in the recent AFLW sign and trade period, eventually selecting her with 28th pick in the NAB AFLW Draft.
With over 20 games of AFLW experience under her belt and a premiership medal already around her neck, Rennie comes to Arden Street as a well-established competitor at the top level.
But AFLW List and Performance Manager Rhys Harwood says there’s more improvement to come from the 26 year-old.
“Despite the fact she’s (Rennie) been a consistent performer at AFLW level for some time, we still think she has plenty of upside and improvement in her game,” Harwood told North Media.
“She’s got really strong fundamentals. She kicks the ball well and has good ruck craft, and that’s something we really value in our system.
“She has fitted in so well. The girls love her and she’s been training hard. She’s very determined to keep improving and make her mark.”
The addition of Rennie to North’s list has bolstered the ruck stocks extensively, with the number 26 looking to work in tandem with two-time All-Australian Emma King, through the middle of the ground and forward of the ball.
Harwood says he’s excited to see the partnership between the two talls develop.
“We think the combination of Kim and Emma can be an advantage for us going forward,” he added.
“They’ve both got the scope and versatility to play a few different roles in our system, the way we need them to be played.
“We’ve been eyeing off this type of ruck combination for a while, so to have it at our disposal now is exciting.”