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Mitch Hibberd has been delisted by the Kangaroos

DEFENDER Mitch Hibberd has been delisted by North Melbourne.

Hibberd was not named in the official delistings list North released last week, but on Tuesday afternoon the club confirmed an earlier report that the out-of-contract Tasmanian would not be offered a new deal.

"Mitch is another player starved of opportunities this season due to the form of those ahead of him in the senior side," North football manager Cameron Joyce said.

"We wish Mitchell all the best for the future and hope he can find some more opportunities at another club."

Hibberd, who turns 22 later this month, wants to extend his AFL career and is understood to have been exploring opportunities at rival clubs for some time.

The 192cm half-back did not play a senior game this season despite solid form over 16 games in the VFL.

Taken at pick No.33 in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft, Hibberd struggled with injury at times in his first two seasons at Arden St, but managed to play four senior games last year.

North has now delisted seven players, announcing last week Billy Hartung, Tom Jeffries, Oscar Junker, Gordon Narrier, Daniel Nielson and Josh Williams would not be at the club next year.

The Roos have seven remaining uncontracted players, including Ben Jacobs, Jed Anderson and free agents Scott Thompson and Sam Wright, who are all in contract discussions with the club.

However, Ryan Clarke, Alex Morgan and Declan Mountford will probably have to wait until the end of next month's trade period to learn their fates as North aggressively targets rival stars headed by Andrew Gaff and Jared Polec.

Veteran spearhead Jarrad Waite announced his retirement last month, while out-of-favour ruckman Braydon Preuss could be traded despite being contracted for another two seasons, with revealing last week Melbourne is circling the 206cm Queenslander.