North Melbourne made seven selections at the 2020 NAB AFL Draft and Rookie Drafts.
Meet our new recruits below.
Will Phillips heads to Arden St after the Roos snared him with pick three – the club’s highest selection since 2006.
Recruited from Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro, Phillips has been viewed as the standout midfielder in the draft class.
He impressed for Vic Metro at the under-16 championships and last year averaged 22 disposals and four tackles in the NAB League.
At 180 centimetres, Phillips is a robust midfielder who has the ability to push forward and hit the scoreboard.
“Will had a decorated junior career,” North national recruiting manager Mark Finnigan said.
“He is an elite ball-winner with good skills and was an attractive player to us for numerous reasons.
“His inside and outside game, as well as his speed and endurance will benefit us for many years.
“Will is a relentless competitor who has leadership and a first-class character.”
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With pick 13, North Melbourne has selected Tom Powell.
A ball-magnet, Powell averaged 35 disposals, nine clearances and six inside-50s at under-18 level, where he won the McCallum Tomkins Medal as the best player in the SANFL Under-18s.
An elite stoppage player, Powell is at his best in tight spaces and feeding the ball to outside runners.
“Tom is a prolific ball-winner and elite with the ball in hand,” national recruiting manager, Mark Finnigan said.
“He has clean hands and is really impressive around the stoppage and stood up in big moments in 2020.”
The 183-centimetre midfielder was recruited from Sturt/South Australia.
With pick 36, North Melbourne has selected Charlie Lazzaro from the Geelong Falcons.
A consistent ball winner for the Falcons in his bottom aged year, Lazzaro averaged 20 disposals in eight matches.
Lazzaro is at his best around stoppages and winning contested ball, using his vision and clean hands to create for his teammates.
“Charlie is a really driven inside/outside midfielder who can also play forward," National Recruiting Manager, Mark Finnigan said.
“He has clean hands in the contest, carries the ball and had a really strong 2020 pre-season with the Falcons.”
With pick 42, North Melbourne has selected Phoenix Spicer.
A small midfielder/forward, Spicer has elite speed and agility, and is capable of breaking the game open.
“Phoenix is an exciting prospect who really impressed in 2020 at SANFL 18s and reserves level in 2020,” National Recruiting Manager, Mark Finnigan said.
“He impacts the scoreboard with his run and carry being his No.1 weapon.”
With pick 56, North Melbourne has selected Eddie Ford from the Western Jets.
A versatile option, Ford has the scope to play forward, midfield or in defence.
Ford possesses impressive athletic attributes, and is an aerial marking threat.
“Eddie is an exciting forward who performed well on Grand Final day in 2019 in the Futures game,” National Recruiting Manager, Mark Finnigan said.
“He has speed, power and clean hands while having the ability to take a big mark and kick bags of goals."
With pick two in the 2020 Rookie Draft, North Melbourne has selected Patrick Walker.
Walker joins the club from North Hobart, where earned AFL Academy recognition after an eye-catching bottom-age campaign, where he played 16 games in Tasmania’s inaugural full-time NAB League season.
Able to play at half-back or on the wing, Walker is a strong kick and decision maker.
“Patrick has had some exposure to open-age football with North Hobart in 2020,” National Recruiting Manager, Mark Finnigan said.
“He is a skilful half back/wing type who can carry the ball and penetrate the game with his foot skills.
“We feel he has a lot of future development potential.”
With pick 18 in the 2020 Rookie Draft, North Melbourne has selected Connor Menadue.
Menadue played 39 AFL games for Richmond before being delisted at the end of 2019, and joins the club from Werribee.
A wingman/midfielder with pace and a booming kick, Menadue was a key part of Richmond's 2019 VFL premiership.
“We have been in regular contact with Connor throughout 2020 in a view to listing him at some stage,” National Recruiting Manager, Mark Finnigan said.
“He was the fifth piece of our plan to bring in AFL experience on the back of bringing in Corr, Stephenson, Young and Atu.
“His run and carry was really appealing to us, as was his positional versatility.
“Given how much youth has come into the club, Connor will bring along some great experience to our group.”