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North gets Hall pass

North Melbourne has added damaging midfielder Aaron Hall to its on-ball brigade.

The Roos received the 27-year-old from the Gold Coast in exchange for pick 68.

The out-of-contract Sun was looking for a fresh start, having played just six games this year due to injury.

He recently confirmed North was his club of choice.

“I have played 100 games and haven’t looked like playing finals and that has been a massive driver for me in this decision. Hopefully I can help make them a better team with my attributes,” Hall said.

Hall’s potential move to the Kangaroos was widely reported in the lead-up to the trade period, with the deal finally going through on Tuesday.

“We are confident Aaron can return to his best with us and that’s something to really look forward to for everyone involved,” North GM football Cameron Joyce said. 

Before his injury interrupted year, Hall averaged 28 and 26 possessions per game in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

“Aaron had two break-out seasons only a year-or-so-ago and is coming off some minor injury concerns but is fit and firing now,” Joyce added. 

“At his best, he can mix it with some of the best midfielders in the competition and we know he’ll get back to that level which is really exciting.”

Born in Hobart, Hall has played 103 games since being selected with pick 7 in the 2012 pre-season draft. He has booted 76 career goals, showing an ability to push forward and impact the scoreboard.  

The Hall trade adds to a busy period for the Kangaroos, alongside Port Adelaide duo Jared Polec and Jasper Pittard, and Melbourne’s Dom Tyson.

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