They’re all different types of players, but North Melbourne’s newest recruits have one big thing in common – they can’t wait to join a young, emerging group. 

“It’s really exciting. I’m stoked to come across to North,” Lachie Young said on Monday.

“Obviously there’s a great young group of guys, supported by some senior guys, so it’s really good to get here and meet a few blokes.”

“It’s a great club with a lot of young players and I just wanted to be a part of something big, and I feel like this club is going in the right direction,” Atu Bosenavulagi added.  

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For Young, who played eight games for the Bulldogs in 2019 and 2020, opportunity knocks.

North has identified the 21-year-old as a player who can provide intercept marking and classy ball use out of the back half.

“I’ve spoken to Brady (Rawlings), John Blakey and the like over Zoom and they’ve sold the club unbelievably,” Young said.

“With a great bunch of support staff and a playing group that next year will probably have the most under-22’s coming through and possibly playing, I think it’s a really exciting thing for the club.

“That was a huge selling point for me to really grow with those under 22’s, supported by those older guys as well … I feel like it’s something special.”

Bosenavulagi played three games for Collingwood in 2020, and is expected to provide extra speed in the forward half, alongside fellow recruit Jaidyn Stephenson.

“I want to have a really big pre-season and prove myself here, and get myself in the senior team,” he said.

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Atu Bosenavulagi media conference (November 16, 2020)

Atu Bosenavulagi speaks with the media after joining North Melbourne during the trade period.

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