04/03/2024

Darcy Tucker is the newest addition to Arden Street. (Photo: AFL.com.au/ Design: Will Cuckson)

Midfielder Darcy Tucker is bound for Arden Street after the 25-year-old was traded to the Kangaroos along with teammate Griffin Logue.

Drafted with Pick 27 in the 2015 draft, Tucker played 108 games for the Dockers. Although his time at Fremantle has been injury plagued, missing most of the 2020 season due to a hamstring injury.

The move to Arden Street is in search of more opportunities at AFL level after only making 14 appearances in the purple for 2022, two of which was as the medical sub.

Adding experience

Going into this year’s trade period, North Melbourne’s priority was looking to bring in some more experienced players as it looks to climb up the ladder in 2023 and beyond.

Tucker fits that bill, having played over 100 games of AFL footy, bringing plenty of experience into what is a young North Melbourne side.

Having been in the AFL system for seven years now, Tucker has learnt from some of the game’s best in Nat Fyfe and David Mundy, so he’ll be able to bring that to Arden street next season both on and off the field.

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What does Tucker bring to North Melbourne?

Tucker provides some much-needed midfield depth into the North Melbourne side.

While at Fremantle, Tucker spent a lot of time playing on the wing when in the AFL side, he also can play that inside midfielder role as that big-bodied midfielder.

Tucker can bring plenty to a struggling North Melbourne side, with the 25-year-old known for his footy smarts and ability to weave in and out of traffic with ease, which he has shown at both AFL level and WAFL level.

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Tucker is also known for his high-pressure game, able to either lay a tackle or force the turnover for his side, as well as a penetrating left foot that can send the ball inside forward 50 with ease.

Tucker can also float forward and impact the scoreboard, which was shown during his time playing for Peel Thunder playing in the WAFL in 2022.

Combining with the likes of Luke Davies-Uniacke, Bailey Scott, and Jye Simpkin down at Arden Street, the addition of Tucker could take the North Melbourne midfield to a new level.

There will be a spot left open by the potential exit of last year’s pick one in Jason Horne-Francis, that Tucker could potentially fill upon his arrival to Arden Street, transitioning into more of an inside midfielder.

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