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Higgins finally a Cat

Former North Melbourne star Shaun Higgins has joined Geelong. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TWELVE months after rejecting the advances of Geelong, North Melbourne midfielder Shaun Higgins has arrived at GMHBA Stadium.

The Cats have secured the 32-year-old Geelong Falcons product from the Kangaroos in exchange for pick no.30 in next month’s National Draft – it’s the selection Geelong received in the deal that sent Lachie Fogarty to Carlton earlier on Wednesday.

“We have always liked Shaun as a player, and we are happy that we could work with Shaun, his management and North Melbourne to get this trade completed,” Geelong recruiting boss Stephen Wells said.

“Shaun is a very talented and accomplished player, and he can fill a number of roles.

“We are looking forward to seeing him in Geelong colours.”

Higgins, whose sister Danni plays with the Cats’ AFLW team, has played 237 games and kicked 224 goals since starting his career with the Western Bulldogs in 2006.

He is a two-time winner of the North Melbourne best-and-fairest and was selected in the 2018 All-Australian team.

Higgins joins former Hawthorn speedster Isaac Smith as Geelong’s additions in this off-season.

The Cats are still working with Greater Western Sydney on a deal to get star forward Jeremy Cameron to the Cats.

“We’ve had good discussions with GWS, and I’d be surprised if it’s done today (Wednesday), but it could be,” Wells told SEN.

“We’re still working on it, and both parties are hopeful that it can happen.

“It’s fair to say we want to try and make sure that GWS do better than they would have with the free agency compensation, so obviously our first-round draft picks are the ones that are going to be able to help in that scenario.

“There’s combinations available and then of course things coming back the other way as well.”

As well as Fogarty and pick 38 joining the Blues in exchange for selections 30 and 51, injury-cursed midfielder Nakia Cockatoo will look to revive his career with the Brisbane Lions.

The 24-year-old has been traded in exchange for a future third-round pick from Melbourne that was acquired in an earlier trade with the Lions.

“We have really enjoyed having both Lachie and Nakia at our club and wish them well at their new teams,” Wells said.

The future of Jack Steven, who has a year to run on his contract remains up in the air.

“Jack’s taking some time to think about his future, and I’ll leave it at that,” Wells said.

“It’s up to him now as to what he wants to do, so we’ll talk that through a bit more once Jack’s had a good think.”

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