Roos cull star recruit, with a twist, and get set to welcome Archer’s son

A multimillion-dollar recruit North Melbourne had hoped would deliver a rapid rise has been delisted but will win a reprieve in next month’s AFL rookie draft.

The Kangaroos have confirmed Jared Polec has been removed from the senior list after a largely disappointing three years, having been snared from Port Adelaide on a five-year deal worth about $3.5 million in 2018.

Jared Polec has been delisted, but is set to be given a reprieve at North Melbourne.Credit:Getty Images

The creative wingman fell out of favour with former coach Rhyce Shaw last year, and he managed only five matches under new coach David Noble this season, his campaign impacted by hamstring issues.

Football department chief Brady Rawlings said the move gave the club greater flexibility in the national draft, where it holds selections one, 20, 42, 47, 72 and 77. The Roos also have the No.1 pick in the rookie draft.

“Once we get past the national draft, we’ll call Jared’s name out in the rookie draft,” Rawlings said.

“Jared’s cooperation with this list option has been appreciated and will not affect his opportunities at AFL level in any way.”

Polec’s best season for the Kangaroos was in 2019, when he played 22 matches and was seventh in the best and fairest. The former Lion and Power player had even been linked with a trade after the 2020 campaign but no deal was done.

Having finished 15th in 2017 and ninth in 2018, the Kangaroos were determined to return to finals contention, and handed over pick 11 and a 2019 fourth-round pick to the Power in exchange for Polec, half-back Jasper Pittard and pick 48. They also signed former Demon Dom Tyson.

Pick 11 eventually helped the Power take the exciting Connor Rozee at pick five. Pittard was delisted after the 2020 season, while Tyson was delisted this month.

The Kangaroos have also confirmed Jackson Archer, the son of club great Glenn, has nominated as a father-son prospect. A medium-sized defender, Jackson Archer played his junior football at Park Orchards Sharks and the Northern Knights. He also represented North’s VFL side against Southport in 2021.

“We’ve naturally kept a close eye on Jackson and he’s worked hard to earn this opportunity,” Rawlings said.

“When you see him play you know straight away whose son he is. He’s aggressive and highly competitive – it’s a good foundation to build on in today’s footy.”

Glenn Archer, named the Shinboner of the Century, played 311 games for the Kangaroos, including the 1996 and ’99 premierships.

Having undergone an off-field revamp in recent weeks, the Roos are set to take gun South Australian Jason Horne-Francis with the top pick in the national draft.

“All our picks from 42 onwards will come in significantly as other clubs use earlier selections to bid on father-son and next generation academy players,” Rawlings said.

“We’ve, obviously, got a couple of premium selections at the top end of the draft, but having more picks after that provides a great opportunity to bring in some talented players who lacked exposure over the past two COVID-affected seasons.”

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