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North Melbourne to land Richmond ruck-forward if he leaves Tigerland


North Melbourne has won the race for Callum Coleman-Jones should he tell Richmond he wants a fresh start.

Coleman-Jones would accept a four-year contract at the Kangaroos if he parts ways with the Tigers.

Gold Coast had come hard for the Richmond ruck-forward, offering a five-year deal, but Coleman-Jones has chosen North.

Reports claimed the Kangaroos had also put a five-year offer in front of the 22-year-old Tiger, but the contract is for four.

Richmond could also lose Mabior Chol, but the unrestricted free agent is yet to tell rival clubs of his decision.

The Gold Coast offer for Chol will most likely end up being a four-year contract.

The Tigers have fought hard to keep Coleman-Jones at Punt Road and offered him a two-year contract to stay.

But after nine games in four years – and with Toby Nankervis, Ivan Soldo, Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt all still in front of him - he is craving more opportunity.

Coleman-Jones enjoys life in Melbourne and the 201cm Tiger arguably looms as a better fit at the Roos where ruckman Todd Goldstein is 33 and four years older than Suns counterpart and co-captain Jarrod Witts.

A busy off-season highlighted by Trent Cotchin handing over the captaincy and the retirements of David Astbury and Bachar Houli could also be followed by the acquisition of former Adelaide defender Danial Talia.

Talia, who turns 30 next month, can join the Tigers for no trade cost given he is available as a delisted free agent.

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