GOLD Coast coach Stuart Dew has hinted the Suns are unlikely to recruit former North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow and pair him with his brother David.

Swallow aired his desire to leave Arden St during October's NAB AFL Trade Period after the most difficult season of his career, during which he was dropped twice and fell behind younger options.

The 30-year-old has one season to go on his contract, but the Kangaroos are willing to delist him before Thursday's 2pm second list lodgment deadline.

That timeline would enable Swallow to nominate for this year's drafts and most likely become a Sun through the rookie draft.

Otherwise, the triple Syd Barker medallist is likely to endure another tough season at North, which is in rebuilding mode and keen to blood its ever-growing list of young midfielders.

"He's shown some interest and we've obviously had discussions with Andrew, and Dave as well, but we've got a few things to weigh up there," Dew said on RSN927's breakfast program.

"We certainly know he's a solid citizen, but we've got to make the decision based on the whole group and the whole club.

"He's still attached to North, but I think that's just going to play out. It won't be an Andrew Swallow decision; it will be more a club decision and where he's at in his career.

"It won't just be my decision as well. We've obviously got list management, footy sub-committee … lots of discussions have been had on that lately and we'll get somewhere."

Swallow fought back from his VFL demotions to play in the Roos' last 10 games and perform well, averaging 21.5 disposals (11.1 contested), 6.4 tackles and 5.8 clearances.

North already delisted fellow veteran Lindsay Thomas, who also had a year to run on his contract and is set to join Port Adelaide as a rookie.