Todd Goldstein is eyeing off at least 300 games with a North Melbourne group he’s adamant could be special in the coming years after ticking off the 250 game milestone this week.
The Kangaroos ruckman turned down offers from at least two other clubs last year to re-sign at Arden Street until the end of 2022, when he’ll be 34, but doesn’t see that as the end just yet.
North Melbourne have been ravaged by injury in 2020 and after two wins to open the season have registered just one victory in the past 13 games with games against Fremantle and West Coast to come.
But Goldstein, just the 11th Kangaroo to get to 250 games, said there was enough young talent at the club to give him confidence a bump up the ladder could come quickly.
“I think we showed really on when we had close to our full compliment of players that we were right up in the mix. I don’t see why that won’t be the case next year,” he said on Wednesday.
“The growth and responsibility some guys have had to shoulder this year will hopefully hold them in good stead. I’m really confident in the group we’ve got.
Goldstein, an All-Australian and club best and fairest in 2015, is working his way through a law degree to take away the “stress of what’s next”.
But that doesn’t mean the 31-year-old isn’t planning on playing for as long as possible, including extending his career beyond his current contract.
He’d more than likely need at least one more year beyond that to crack that 300 game mark, unless the Kangas play a lot of finals in the next two seasons.
“I’d like to play for as long as I can and I feel the way my body’s going, the way my mind is, there’s no reason I can’t go on post this contract,” Goldstein said.
“I’d love to get to 300 games, be the sixth North Melbourne player to do that. You never quite know what’s around the corner.
“I’m not budgeting just for the next two to three years. I’d like to play for three, four or five.
“Mentally I am feeling as good as I have, physically I’m feeling really good, so there’s no reason why I can’t continue on.
“Already I am starting to think about what my off-season looks like, how I’m going to train and get better.
“I know where I started, how far I’ve had to come to get to the point I’m at now.
“To have achieved what I have, and to feel like I’ve still got a lot left in the tank, it fills me with excitement.”