North Melbourne star Shaun Higgins has endorsed the club’s signing of Jared Polec, explaining the “important role” he will play next year.
The Kangaroos secured Polec’s services in a trade with Port Adelaide earlier this week. The arrangement also saw the Roos acquire Jasper Pittard and pick 48, while the Power received pick 11 and a future fourth-round selection.
“Polec is one of the top five wingmen in the competition, I think he was rated,” Higgins told NAB AFL Trade Radio.
“He is clearly going to fill an important role on the outside for us.
“He uses the ball really well, he breaks the lines and he can also use the ball well off half back. That’s the ideal scenario for him and he has also gone through the middle at times.
“It links a little bit into the Pittard role as well, Jasper coming off half back, which is an area we can get better at in terms of our ball movement off half back.”
Polec played all 22 games this season, averaging a career-high 25.1 disposals.
Higgins also is looking forward to the influence Dom Tyson can have in the middle.
“Dom Tyson probably just adds to what Scotty (coach Brad Scott) has been saying over the last 12-24 months, developing a really deep midfield that can challenge the best and he is going to go a long way in giving us that depth we need through the midfield,” Higgins said.
Listen to Shaun Higgins’ chat on NAB AFL Trade Radio in the player below