Aaron Hall has completed his move to North Melbourne this week with Gold Coast receiving pick 68 in return.
The 27 year old arrives at Arden Street after playing 103 games in total at the Suns. But Hall only played six games at AFL level in 2018 with a pectoral injury significantly hampering his output.
While it was a disappointing season for the midfielder, the deal represents relatively low risk for the Kangaroos. And if they can get the Tasmanian back to anywhere near his best, they will have one of the bargains of the trade period.
A fresh start for Aaron Hall
The former Sun was rightfully delighted the trade has been done after nominating North Melbourne as the club he wanted to join and is certainly looking forward to new beginnings.
“I’m looking forward to getting out on the park next year and proving a couple of people wrong. But nothing comes easy in AFL footy, so it’s heads-down-bums-up over the summer and hopefully we can do some damage next year.”
In season 2016 & 17, Hall averaged over 25 disposals per match. 2017 saw the midfielder gather a career high 40 disposals against Richmond in round 19. And he finished the year ranked top ten in the league for inside 50s and metres gained.
At times there have been question marks on the former Sun and the defensive side of his game. But attacking flair, ability to win plenty of the ball and genuine class will be a welcome addition to Brad Scott’s team.
North list manager Cameron Joyce certainly confident the move will be a successful one.
“At his best, he can mix it with some of the best midfielders in the competition. And we know he’ll get back to that level which is really exciting.”
The Kangaroos may very well have one of the steals of the trade period in Aaron Hall in what has been a busy period that also includes the additions of Jared Polec, Jasper Pittard and Dom Tyson. Exciting time ahead if you are a North fan.