Still in the mix: Nick Dal Santo. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
North Melbourne veteran Drew Petrie said a face-to-face meeting with Nick Dal Santo had been productive and remained hopeful the St Kilda midfielder would shift clubs.
Petrie said Dal Santo would help ease the load in terms of providing greater outside run should he link with the Kangaroos.
Dal Santo and the Kangaroos' leadership group met last week, with both parties seeking answers.
"It was just (about finding out) if he wanted to come to us, he wanted to find out about North Melbourne and we wanted to find out about Nick's intentions and how much longer he thinks he can play and where he can play positionally," Petrie said on Friday.
"It was just a mutual discussion about him wanting to know about North and about us asking him about his intentions going forward.
"It's still his decision and it's up in the air and it has to be done through the right processes."
Dal Santo appears likely to be traded if the right deal is available in terms of a trade or as a free agent.
He has a trigger clause to remain with the Saints, but if he and the club opt to not enforce this, he will be a free agent.
"I'm hearing it's out of two, Essendon and us, and strange things have happened in the trade period," Petrie said.
"If we can get him as a free agent that would be nice. If we have to trade to get him it might take a little bit longer."
The Kangaroos, having missed the finals, are keen to improve their ball handling and ability to link through the midfield, with much still left to veteran Brent Harvey and Daniel Wells. "Nick's a classy footballer and he'll complement our midfield at the moment," Petrie said.
"We've got some good youngsters along with Brent Harvey and Daniel Wells so to throw in Nick if we got him into that mould as well would just give us a little bit more depth again and a bit more quality.
"We've got plenty of good inside ball users but to get another running wingman type midfielder would really help us going forward."