Geelong’s hopes of signing midfielder Shaun Higgins have been dashed after the 31-year old decided to accept an offer to remain at the Kangaroos. With his previous deal running out next year, the Cats had been hoping to tempt the Geelong native back home to a club where his sister Danielle Orr plays. Those plans came unstuck, though, when North Melbourne agreed a one-year deal for a player who was one of their most important in 2019.
Higgins proved he is still one of the best midfielders in the league this season, averaging 28 disposals from 17 matches, earning a place on the AFL All Australian team last year. With 220 games under his belt across a 14 year career, Higgins boasts the sort of experience that makes him so important to a team. When you combine that with his incredible form at this point in his career, it’s no surprise North were so keen to keep Higgins at Arden Street for at least another couple of years.