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North Melbourne facing delicate contract negotiations with several star veterans


North Melbourne is facing delicate negotiations with two of its star veterans as it plots another off-season of change.

Captain Jack Ziebell and Robbie Tarrant remain out of contract as unrestricted free agents.

The management companies of both players have pushed for two-year deals, but the Kangaroos are only willing to offer one-year contracts.

Twelve months after making a league-high 15 list changes, North Melbourne remains determined to turn the list over as quickly as possible for coach David Noble.

Ziebell, 30, and Tarrant, 32, have been pillars at Arden Street for more than a decade. The Roos want to keep both, but on their terms as they balance an injection of young talent into a rebuilding squad.

Aaron Hall had hoped for a two-year contract after a career-best season, but was made to settle for one.

Shaun Atley and Tom Campbell have been told to wait on any new contracts, while Trent Dumont is in the shop window as an unrestricted free agent.

Dumont was dropped from the club’s leadership group in the pre-season and the South Australian could find a new home at Port Adelaide where he has links to Orazio Fantasia, who he played in a Norwood premiership with in 2013 under current Power assistant Nathan Bassett.

Former first round pick Taylor Garner was among four players delisted this week, with Dom Tyson, Will Walker and Connor Menadue also not offered new contracts.

The Kangaroos have the first pick in this year’s national draft, with South Australian prodigy Jason Horne-Francis likely to be taken with the No.1 selection if they don’t put in a father-son bid on Collingwood-bound Nick Daicos.

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