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North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL 2024 Predictions, Projections and Player Movement

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Last updated: 20 Feb 2024
Jeremy Darke 20 Feb 2024
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  • North Melbourne predicted to finish 17th in the AFL 2024 season.
  • Nick Larkey expected to improve and could contest for the Coleman Medal.
  • A lot of improvement still needed from the Kangaroos before their rebuild is a success.
Nick Larkey
Nick Larkey of the Kangaroos. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL 2024 Predictions, Projections and Player Movement


Where they finish: 17th in the AFL in 2024 

  • AFL 2024 Team Previews, Predictions & Player Movement: North Melbourne Kangaroos
  • Where they finish: 17th in the AFL in 2024 
  • What’s to like 
  • What’s NOT to like
  • North Melbourne Kangaroos Offseason Player Movement
  • North Melbourne Kangaroos Predicted Round 1 Squad

I think we can all agree that we want to see North Melbourne rise from the cellar, however, it is hard to see that it is going to happen this season. Defensive combinations are going to need to be set and developed which will take time and hinder the Kangaroos from moving any further up the ladder than they were in 2023.

What’s to like 


The North Melbourne slump has dragged on now for four years, however, there were positive signs offensively last season that saw their points for average increase by almost 2 goals per game and their percentage jump from 55.8 in 2022 up to 71.5 in 2023. The improvement had a lot to do with Nick Larkey up front kicking 29 more goals than his previous best season, ending 2023 with 71 goals.

What’s NOT to like


As positive as the Kangaroos attack was, the defence was just as disappointing averaging a smidge over 100 points against. 

In 2024, their back-third is even more vulnerable with the departure of Ben McKy and the ACL injury to Griffin Logue. There are a few different tactics to combat the inexperience in the backline for the Kangaroos and there will be a long and most likely painful process until they can settle things down and find the right option.

North Melbourne Kangaroos Offseason Player Movement


IN
Wil Dawson (No.22 draft pick), Zane Duursma (No.4 draft pick), Zac Fisher (trade, Carlton), Taylor Goad (No.20 draft pick), Riley Hardeman (No.23 draft pick), Finnbar Maley (Rookie Draft), Colby McKercher (No.2 draft pick), Bigoa Nyuon (trade, Richmond), Toby Pink (delisted free agent), Dylan Stephens (trade, Sydney)

OUT
Aiden Bonar (delisted), Ben Cunnington (retired), Jacob Edwards (delisted), Todd Goldstein (free agent, Essendon), Aaron Hall (retired), Daniel Howe (retired), Jack Mahony (delisted), Ben McKay (free agent, Essendon), Flynn Perez (delisted), Phoenix Spicer (delisted), Kayne Turner (delisted), Lachie Young (delisted), Jack Ziebell (retired)

North Melbourne Kangaroos Predicted Round 1 Squad


Full Back

Aidan Corr

Toby Pink

Luke McDonald

Half Back

Miller Bergman

Charlie Comben

Harry Sheezel

Centre

Dylan Stephens

George Wardlaw

Bailey Scott

Half Forward

Tarryn Thomas

Callum Coleman-Jones

Eddie Ford

Full Forward

Cam Zurhaar

Nick Larkey

Zac Fisher

Followers

Tristan Xerri

Luke Davies-Uniacke

Jy Simpkin

Interchange

Jaidyn Stephenson

Paul Curtis

Tom Powell

Will Phillips

Colby McKercher (sub)

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