17/04/2024

Callum Coleman - Jones will call Arden St home in 2022 and beyond. Image: richmondfc.com.au

Callum Coleman - Jones will call Arden Street home after securing a trade to North Melbourne, adding another key piece to the rebuilding club

North Melbourne have got their man, securing the services of promising Richmond tall, Callum Coleman- Jones. 

The Kangaroos also acquired draft picks 42 and 47 and a future fourth-round pick from the Tigers in exchange for veteran, Robbie Tarrant, pick 40, and a future second-round pick.

Roo Rebuild in full swing

Coleman Jones’ arrival at Arden Street fits North’s rebuilding list perfectly.

The 22-year-old big man was taken at pick 20 in the 2017 draft and is coming off his best season to date, playing eight games and booting 11 goals.

Coleman- Jones adds to the growing core of exciting youngsters that North is accumulating under David Noble including Nick Larkey, Cam Zurhaar, Luke Davies- Uniacke, Ben McKay, Curtis Taylor, Tarryn Thomas, Jaidyn Stephenson, Will Phillips, Eddie Ford, Phoenix Spicer, Tom Powell and the likely looming addition of Jason Horne- Francis through the draft.

North started the 2021 season with one of the youngest lists in the competition, ranking 13th for games played and 16th for average age. and Coleman -Jones fits the demographic perfectly.

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Where will he play?

It has been reported that Coleman – Jones came to the Roos under the guise that he would be groomed as veteran ruckman, Todd Goldstein’s heir apparent when ‘Goldy’ hangs up the boots in the next few seasons.

In his nine career games to date, Coleman -Jones has averaged 7.8 hitouts per game, with his best tally of 16 coming in round 22 this season against Greater Western Sydney. This shows that while his ruck exposure has been limited, he is slowly improving his output.

In the meantime, the 200cm Coleman- Jones will prove more than handy resting ruckman up forward to relieve some of the pressure heaped upon the emerging Nick Larkey.

The tall one-two- punch of Coleman – Jones, and Larkey up forward is sure to keep opposing defenders on their toes, while we can expect to see Coleman – Jones spend a fair chunk of time in the ruck to allow Goldstein to rest forward.

David Noble will be spoilt for choice in this regard, knowing that when the ever-reliable Goldstein needs a break, he can be a more than handy forward, which will thrust Coleman – Jones into the ruck, giving him the exposure and confidence needed to fine-tune his ruck craft.

Long-term, North expect that Coleman – Jones and 2021 mid-season number one pick, Jacob Edwards will work in tandem to form a formidable ruck combination for years to come.

What does North’s forward line look like next season?

Coleman- Jones undoubtedly makes the Kangaroos’ forward line stronger, adding another tall target in front of goal.

North will be hoping that Coleman – Jones, and Larkey can prove a strong forward combination, complemented by Zurhaar, Ford, Stephenson, Taylor, and the like as they continue to grow and develop strongly together.

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