Braydon Preuss commits to Kangaroos
NORTH Melbourne ruckman Braydon Preuss has inked a two-year contract extension.
In a major show of faith in the rugby convert, Preuss will remain at Arden St until at least the end of 2020.
Preuss played eight games in his debut season this year and with a number of clubs looking to bolster its ruck stocks, the 206cm ruckman was linked to a potential move for more senior opportunities.
But the 22-year-old says he never considered leaving and sees a bright future at the Kangaroos.
"It was just trade period talk," Preuss said.
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"People start rumours from nothing but I was contracted for next year and it never crossed my mind and the club knew that.
"I'm bloody excited, it's really good to get it (the contract) done.
"We've got heaps of young guys coming through and everyone here obviously wants to stay because we're all re-signing, so the players obviously know there is something big happening."
Preuss battled injury this year, which restricted his opportunities at senior level despite coach Brad Scott being keen to throw him into the deep end as Goldstein fell out of favour and form.
He is in a three-way ruck battle with Goldtsein and Majak Daw for the No.1 mantle.
Preuss says he's still learning from Goldstein as he looks to improve his game and will travel to Utah this week with the club's younger brigade to get a jump on pre-season.
The training camp will run for two weeks.
"We can't afford to have any slack days with our training or playing because if one of us drops off form-wise, there's another bloke ready to play and take the spot," he told the club's website. "We all have different strengths, we're all completely different players so it's good for us and the club.
"He's (Goldstein) a pretty good rabbit, especially in pre-season with the running - every running session I think I had him beaten, then in the last 100m he'd just smash me. He's one of the best in the business."
North Melbourne has been criticised for its list management and inactivity during this year's trade period, with football boss Cameron Joyce forced to defend the club's strategy.
In an exclusive column for the Herald Sun, former Hawthorn recruiter Gary Buckenara said the Kangaroos are at least 10 years away from challenging for a premiership.
While refusing to confirm whether Goldstein was on the trade table given the ruck depth, Joyce said the club exhausted all avenues to improve its list and draft position.
The futures of veterans Andrew Swallow and Lindsay Thomas remain uncertain despite being contracted for 2018, with North Melbourne to meet with the pair in coming weeks.
The Herald Sun reported last week Thomas is set to be delisted and join Port Adelaide as a delisted free agent, while Swallow is keen to join his brother David at Gold Coast.