NORTH Melbourne defender Nathan Grima will remain a Kangaroo for at least one more season after yesterday confirming his re-commitment to the club.
The 28-year-old from Evandale had reportedly attracted interest from Adelaide, but told North's website that he always planned on staying in the blue and white.
"I love being at the club and never had an intention of going elsewhere," he said.
"It's great to be here for another 12 months at this stage and hopefully beyond. "
Grima, who kicked the first goal of his 72-game career last week, has played 17 games this season, but will miss today's encounter with Hawthorn due to a foot injury.
The former North and South Launceston footballer, who had to fight back from a knee reconstruction before getting a start in the big league, was recruited to the AFL via the 2008 rookie draft.
However, the future of fellow Tasmanian Thomas Bellchambers remains uncertain, after the 24-year-old former Launceston ruckman was surprisingly dropped from the Essendon team to face Carlton tonight. The out-of- contract big-man has been vocal about his desire to stay at Windy Hill.