With the 2020 Trade Period underway, North Media takes a look back at some of the club’s most significant trades over the years.
In: Robert Scott (Geelong)
Out: Brad Sholl, Pick 17 (Carl Steinfort), Pick 69 (Dean Helmers)
In 1994, North Melbourne and Geelong struck a deal that can be reflected on as a rare win-win.
North acquired small-forward/rover Robert Scott, who had played 132 games for the Cats, including two Grand Finals.
In exchange, the Roos sent two picks and young defender Brad Sholl down the highway, after just two games for the club.
Sholl went on to play 169 games for the Cats, including a Grand Final in his first year. He also recorded an impressive sixth-place finish in the 1997 Brownlow Medal.
Scott was used predominantly in the midfield for the Roos, and was an important contributor in the 1996 Premiership triumph. He also played in the 1998 defeat, and was unfortunate to miss selection for the 1999 victory.
The number eight retired in 2000 after 245 games at both clubs (113 for North), having kicked 222 goals.
But his influence on the club didn't stop there.
Ahead of the 2018 Draft, Robert’s son, Bailey, nominated North Melbourne over Geelong and Gold Coast (academy).
Bailey has shown plenty of promise in his first two seasons, and was recently named the Roos’ “Best Young Player”.