Three days remain in the 2023 Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period and North Melbourne has been one of the more active clubs thus far.

List and recruiting manager Brady Rawlings and his team delivered three trades last week and may look to conduct more business before the trade window closes on Wednesday night.

With time ticking away, here is an overview of the club's business so far, and how the club is placed heading into the latter stages of the AFL Trade Period.

Pre-Trade Period

The AFL commission provided North Melbourne with an assistance package during the lead-in to the Trade Period which included the following:

  • One end-of-first round selection in the 2023 AFL Draft (currently pick 19)
  • Two end-of-first round selections in the 2024 AFL Draft (currently picks 19 and 20)
  • The continuation of the club’s ability to have two additional rookie list spots in season 2024


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Free Agency

In: Nil
Out: Todd Goldstein (Essendon)

After advising North Melbourne in September that he wanted to explore other options across the League, Goldstein officially became a Bomber as an unrestricted free agent.

In: 2023 AFL National Draft compensation (pick 3)
Out: Ben McKay (Essendon)

Defender Ben McKay was the next to leave Arden Street for Windy Hill, with the Roos receiving the No.3 pick as compensation for the departing free agent.

In: Toby Pink (Delisted free agent)
Out: Nil

North Melbourne signed former Sydney Swans key defender Toby Pink as a delisted free agent late last week, bringing in the 25-year-old from Glenelg where helped the SANFL side to the 2023 premiership. 


Trade: Sydney

In: Dylan Stephens, 2023 second round selection (pick 25)
Out: 2023 third round selection (pick 44), 2024 first round selection (pick 19)

The Kangaroos used one of their assistance package pieces, along with a third-round pick, to acquire the services of 43-game youngster Dylan Stephens from the Swans.

"We just felt like we needed a bit more polish on the outside to progress forward. Obviously we’ve watched Dylan for a long time since his Norwood under-age days, and then when he wasn’t getting a game throughout this year our interest increased even more," Rawlings told's Riley Beveridge and Cal Twomey on Friday.


Trade: Carlton

In: Zac Fisher, 2023 first round selection (pick 17)
Out: 2023 first round selection (pick 21), 2023 second round selection (pick 25)

Using the pick 25 received from Sydney, North Melbourne went to work on bringing in the versatile Zac Fisher from Carlton, who arrived soon after Stephens with a 2023 first-rounder (pick 17).

"Carlton was keen on getting two picks rather than one and we were keen to keep getting up the draft order, so handing over the pick 25 and then sliding from 21 to 17 we saw as really beneficial for us," Rawlings said.


Trade: Gold Coast

In: 2023 first round selection (pick 18)
Out: 2024 first round selection (pick 20)

Completing a busy opening Wednesday for Rawlings and his group was a pick swap with the Suns that saw the Roos trade out a 2024 assistance package pick for another 2023 first-round selection.

Current draft hand 

It's a strong hand at the moment for the Roos, who hold picks 2, 3, 15, 17, and 18 in the first round, pick 57 in round three, and pick 65 in round four.

While 7.30pm AEDT on Wednesday is the main trade deadline, clubs will again have the opportunity to swap selections from Monday, October 23 up until the first night of the 2023 AFL National Draft on Monday, November 20.

"We're pretty comfortable with where we're sitting at the moment," Rawlings said.

"We've got five picks inside the first 18 … so we'll still look to potentially manoeuvre to get up a bit higher but if it doesn’t come to fruition and we pick with two and three, we're going to get two really good players.

"We're confident in that top group (of players)."


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