Roos add versatile tall as replacement for injured forward

NORTH Melbourne has added versatile tall Lexi Hamilton to its list in place of the injured Elisha King.

The luckless King was placed on the inactive list in November after rupturing her ACL at training.

Hamilton, 21, was on Gold Coast's inaugural list, playing one game in 2020.

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A Canberra local, she played for North Melbourne's VFLW side in 2021, finishing fourth in the club's best and fairest having played primarily in the ruck with stints up forward.

Younger sister Cynthia was recently named in the NAB AFLW Academy for 2022.

Lexi Hamilton training with Gold Coast in 2020. Picture: Getty Images

The Roos have revamped their tall stocks, bringing in Kim Rennie (Western Bulldogs) and losing Kate Gillespie-Jones (delisted) and Vivien Saad (Gold Coast).

"We wanted to add another flexible, competitive tall to our squad, and Lexi showed us she is just that across the 2021 VFLW season," North Melbourne football performance and talent manager Rhys Harwood said.

"Lexi is a real competitor in the air and with her follow up, and plays with an edge to her game. Her ability to compete both pre- and post-clearance was a highlight, and she was also able to create a strong reference point when she played ahead of the ball.

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"We are confident Lexi will create further flexibility and depth amongst our key position and ruck mix. The fact Lexi comes in with a solid understanding of our club, playing group and system is an added bonus. 

"She is really hungry to make the most of the opportunity and we look forward to welcoming her into the program."