Jarrad Waite has signed with North Melbourne on the opening day of the AFL trade period.
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North Melbourne has signed Carlton forward Jarrad Waite on the opening day of the AFL trade period.
Waite informed Carlton on Monday that he would be exercising his right as a free agent, but did not specify which club he would be joining.
News Corp report that Waite has signed a two-year deal with the Kangaroos.
Carlton football manager Andrew McKay said on Monday that it would be a shame to see the 32-year-old leave the Blues.
“We had always been hopeful that Jarrad would stay at Carlton, particularly given his strong family connection to the club,” McKay said.
“However free agency does give players the chance to explore their options, and while we believe we put a very good deal in front of Jarrad and his management, the offer has been declined.
“I would like to thank Jarrad for his service to Carlton over 13 years. He made a valued contribution to the Carlton football club.”
As Waite was an unrestricted free agent, the Blues could not match the offer handed to the player by the Kangaroos to keep him.
Despite battling injury and inconsistency during his time with the Blues, Waite kicked 252 goals in 184 games.
“Jarrad stood out to us this year as a player we wanted to have at North, and we’re thrilled he has decided to commit to the club,” said North Melbourne director of football Geoff Walsh.
“With 12 years at the top level his experience will be welcomed by our emerging group, and his talent as a player is unquestionable.”
— NMFC (@NorthKangaroos) October 3, 2014