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NATHAN Hrovat will need to find a third AFL club to extend his football career, with North Melbourne confirming it would not offer him a contract for next season.

The 25-year-old joined the Kangaroos on a three-deal deal in the 2016 NAB AFL Trade Period, after playing 30 games in four years at the Western Bulldogs.

The Roos also delisted key defender Declan Watson, who never broke through for a senior game after being taken with pick No.34 in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft.

Hrovat added 39 matches and kicked 21 goals in his time at Arden St, including playing all 22 games in his first season there in 2017.

However, opportunities were scarce this year for the small forward-midfielder, who made only five appearances while spending most of the season at VFL level.

Hrovat said he would look back fondly on his time at North Melbourne despite his delisting.

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"North Melbourne is a very, very special place," he told nmfc.com.au

"I think they just personify that hardworking sort of culture and that's exactly the way I'll look back on it.

"I know it's sort of thrown out in the media at times about how we have that 'Shinboner' culture and we're unique. I genuinely do think North Melbourne is a unique place to be."

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Hrovat won 21 possessions as a late inclusion against Port Adelaide in round 22 then 17 more in the final-round win over Melbourne after a dominant stretch of VFL form.

The Roos have already made a series of list moves, with Scott Thompson and Sam Wright retiring, rookie Tom Wilkinson quitting to appear on The Amazing Race Australia and Irishman Red Og Murphy returning home.

Free agent ruckman Todd Goldstein remains unsigned, but is expected to re-commit on a multi-year deal, while Tom McKenzie doesn't have a contract for 2020.