HAWTHORN speedster Jed Anderson is now a Kangaroo after the two clubs clinched a deal on Friday.
Anderson was linked to North Melbourne as part of a three-way trade on Thursday that, among other things, would have sent Jake Carlisle to Hawthorn and given Essendon picks No.15 and 18.
That deal was never likely to go through quickly when Carlisle reiterated on Thursday afternoon that it was still his preference to get to St Kilda.
North did not want to risk losing Anderson, so brokered a deal directly with Hawthorn that will see the Hawks get picks No.15 and 55 and the Roos get the 21-year-old midfielder and picks No.38 and 40 (the Hawks' compensation pick for losing free agent Matt Suckling to the Western Bulldogs).
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The trade is a coup for North after it failed in earlier plays for Adam Treloar, Hamish Hartlett, Paul Seedsman and Jeremy Howe.
Anderson was a Greater Western Sydney-zoned player but the Giants relinquished their claims on him, trading him to Hawthorn in the 2012 trade period.
The Darwin product played just 10 games in his three seasons at Waverley. Injury and illness ruined his 2014 season, while he struggled to break into the Hawks' imposing line-up this year, with fellow runners such as Isaac Smith, Cyril Rioli, Bradley Hill and Billy Hartung preferred ahead of him.
North is confident that Anderson can provide the outside run it has been targeting this trade period.
"We know that there was plenty of interest in Jed and are delighted he sees his future in North Melbourne colours. We can't wait to see him in action this pre-season and beyond," North list manager Cameron Joyce said.
Anderson said he was delighted to join North.
"North Melbourne have shown over the past couple of years that they are building towards something really exciting and I’m looking forward to being part of that," Anderson said.
"Everyone at the club has been really professional and I can't wait to get my first pre-season underway with my new teammates."
Anderson will be among a selected group of North players who head to Utah for a high-altitude training camp in late November.