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North Melbourne assistance package, priority pick, asking for extra list spots, rookies, draft picks, Kangaroos problems

North Melbourne has asked the AFL for a large playing list as part of an aid package that includes early draft picks, AFL Media reports.

The Kangaroos began contacting the league for help in July, days after beating Richmond, and have since asked for a second consecutive wooden spoon.

Rather than a high pick like Pick 1 (awarded to Gold Coast in 2019), the Kangaroos will be looking to land draft points at different seasons.

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But they want to follow in the footsteps of the Suns’ 2019 relief package and give them an additional starting roster.

At that time, Gold Coast was allowed to list up to 10 rookies, which meant more opportunities to find diamonds in the rough. Connor Budarick and Malcolm Rosas were among their starters at the time.

North Melbourne are said to be looking for two more spots on the list with draft picks.

A decision can be made in the week leading up to the grand final, two weeks before the trade deadline.

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The Kangaroos are said to have used the examples of Gold Coast in 2019, Carlton in 2018 and Brisbane in 2016 as a basis for their ideas.

The Suns’ 2019 relief package includes picks 1 and 20 in the 2019 draft, pick 11 in 2020 and pick 19 in 2021, plus early access to academy prospects and a starter roster.

The Blues, who have eight wins in two seasons and five years in the finals, are allowed to pre-list two regional league players.

The Lions were given the 19th pick in the 2016 draft following 14 wins over three seasons.

North Melbourne have drawn six games over the past two seasons, and won three games in the shortened 2020 campaign.

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