Pocket Profile

2021 North Adelaide Pocket Profile

North coach Jacob Surjan will be aiming to take his Roosters one step further in his second season.

SANFL’s ZAC MILBANK breaks down all you need to know about the Roosters heading into the 2021 Statewide Super League season.

North star Harrison Wigg led the Roosters in total disposals in 2020 while also being selected at half-back in The Advertiser Team of the Year.

2020 Snapshot

Finished – 2nd

Record – 10 wins, 4 losses (minor round)

Barrie Robran Medallist – Campbell Combe

Leading Goal Kicker – Lewis Hender (28)

Most Disposals –  Harrison Wigg (337)

The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year –Harrison Wigg (half-back flank), Cameron Craig (full back), Campbell Combe (rover), Andrew Moore (interchange)

Strong-bodied midfielder Andrew Moore was selected on the interchange in The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year

Player Movement

Aaron Young (Gold Coast/Port Adelaide), Brandon Rusca (Southern Districts – NT), Kaine Mercovich (Port Fairy)


Damon Hill (Gaza), Brayden Kirk (Crystal Brook), Chris Barns (Morphettville Park), Liam Verity (Modbury), Dylan Aldridge (Port Adelaide SANFL), Luke Wharton (Canberra), Tariek Newchurch (North Adelaide), Patrick Davies

2021 Trial Matches

Thursday March 4
Woodville-West Torrens v North Adelaide at Thebarton Oval – 7.20pm (Reserves at 5.30pm)

Friday March 19
North Adelaide v Glenelg at Thebarton Oval – 7.30pm (Reserves at 5.30pm)

Friday March 26
West Adelaide v North Adelaide at Hisense Stadium – 7.30pm (Reserves at 5pm)

Star recruit Aaron Young applies a crunching tackle at training.

Star Signing

Boom North signing Aaron Young looms as a significant difference-maker such is his ability to make an impact in the centre square or in attack. The 28-year-old polled 12 Magarey Medal votes in just five games in 2017 while playing chiefly through the midfield for Port Adelaide. Standing at 189cm, Young is deceptively tall for the role that he plays in attack – often used as a third lead-up marking option who can also cause damage when the ball hits the deck. One to watch in 2021.

On the Rise - Powerade Breakthrough Player Candidate

Little is known about new North midfielder Kaine Mercovich, but he gives the impression that he won’t hide from the radar for long. The 22-year-old won Port Fairy’s best and fairest in 2019 and such has been his consistency, was also named the Victorian Hampden League’s best midfielder across the past five seasons. Measuring in at 178cm and 82kg, Mercovich’s toughness has caught the eye of coach Jacob Surjan during match simulation and should be given plenty of chance to shine in trial matches.

Ones to Watch - Torrens University SANFL State Talent Hub Players

Blayne O’Loughlin (171cm and 74kg) – Classy left-footer who uses the ball well across half-back. Excellent decision-maker, who can also be entrusted with the kick-ins after an opposition behind. A Crows NGA prospect.

James Willis (180cm and 75kg) –New to talent pathway after a standout 2020 for playing as a midfielder. Has speed, power and strength – using these attributes to drive himself with the ball away from congestion. Currently has a back injury.

Hugh Jackson (180cm and 69kg) – Smooth-moving outside midfielder who uses the ball well between the arcs. Runs good patterns in offence to get into good positions. Working on his contested ball consistency.

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