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Robbie Tarrant
#25   North Melbourne Kangaroos
Age: 29yr 1mth    Games: 116     Born: April 25, 1989    
Height: 196cm     Weight: 97kg     Position: Defender
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #15 2007 National Draft by North Melbourne Kangaroos
Supercoach Price: $342,200   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $420,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: UFA at the end of 2021   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Robbie Tarrant Biography

Thursday, 8 March 2018
Robbie Tarrant is hospitalised after suffering a knock to his kidney in North Melbourne's pre-season 70-point loss to Richmond, but the Kangaroos' vice-captain is expected to be fit for round one.

"He suffered a low-grade bruising of his kidney," North football manager Cameron Joyce said.

"We've got a four-day mini-break leading into this weekend so he'll spend some time with his feet up and just rest."

Friday, 2 March 2018
Shaun Higgins signs a contract extension with North Melbourne to remain at the club until the end of 2020.

He joins fellow club leader Robbie Tarrant who also signed a contract extension to remain until the end of 2021.

"We wouldn't have signed on or committed long-term if we didn't see the hope and know that the guys we've got at the moment are the foundation for a very successful side," Higgins said.

Like Higgins, Tarrant believes this stability at the top of the club will be a considerable asset as the club continues its list makeover.

"We've got great confidence in our list, and it's good to know we'll get the opportunity to continue teaching the younger boys the ropes over the next few years and hopefully follow through with some success," Tarrant said.

Thursday, 2 November 2017
Ben Brown, Robbie Tarrant, Jack Gunston, Neville Jetta, Luke Shuey and Kade Simpson are new additions to the squad who will represent Australia in the International Rules Series.
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Robbie Tarrant will enjoy a milestone a decade in the making when he runs out for game 100 this week.

Taken by the Kangaroos as a first-round pick in 2007, Tarrant was more often in rehabilitation than at training in his first few seasons.

"We could see the talent and knew what he could become but more important was the character of the guy," North Melbourne coaching director Darren Crocker said.

"He was probably at the crossroads ... just because they're a good bloke you can't keep them around if they're not getting on the park.

"Had he been a rat or a skunky sort of bloke who didn't fit into the culture of the footy club, we wouldn't have persevered.

"Off field, he's grown into a leader and teammates want to follow him. The injuries have enabled him to build a resilience."

Friday, 7 October 2016
Robbie Tarrant caps off a career-best 2016 season with his maiden North Melbourne best and fairest award, winning the club's Syd Barker Medal count narrowly from vice-captain Jack Ziebell.

Tarrant polled 263 votes to pip Ziebell by six votes, while hard-running midfielder Sam Gibson finished third on 234 votes.

Friday, 14 August 2015
Robbie Tarrant has rejected a potentially lucrative free agency move to a rival club by re-signing with the Kangaroos for four more years.

"It's really exciting, the club's done so much for me in the past and I obviously have a lot of mates here so I was pumped to just get the contract done," Tarrant said.

"I'm looking forward to what's ahead and hopefully we can keep this winning streak going and head into a finals series with a lot of confidence."

Thursday, 13 August 2015
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says the club is not concerned that free agent Robbie Tarrant remains unsigned and believes the key defender wants to remain at Arden Street beyond 2015.

"Robbie's a really valuable member of our club. He knows that and he's really keen to stay with us," Scott said.

"It's just a matter of those guys nutting out a deal."

Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Rival clubs are circling North Melbourne free agent Robbie Tarrant after the former forward's strong start to 2015 in defence.

Most clubs have been watching closely as Tarrant has held his own this year against elite power forwards such as Tom Hawkins, Jarryd Roughead and Travis Cloke.

Monday, 30 June 2014
Robbie Tarrant is unlikely to play again this season with the North Melbourne key forward set to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a stress fracture in his tibia.

"I'm shattered and frustrated to be missing the rest of the year already, but as a group we've come to the conclusion that going in for surgery now is the best option to take with regards to my long-term prospects," Tarrant said.

"I think in my current situation, it's really a matter of having to absorb some short-term pain in order to achieve long-term gain.

"If I go in now and pull the pin on this year and get everything right, then I'll be in the best position to have a good crack at next year and beyond. That's what I need to focus on."

Monday, 23 June 2014
Robbie Tarrant could be out for the season after the forward pulled out of North's round 14 team last Saturday due to soreness in the lower leg that has this year limited him to one VFL game and one AFL game.

North football director Geoff Walsh told the club's website on Monday that Tarrant was considering a range of treatment options after consulting a specialist.

"It's a unique set of circumstances and we'll take the next few days to decide on what the best path forward for him is," Walsh said.

"We have a number of things to consider and the decision will ultimately be Robbie's to make."

Friday, 13 June 2014
Robbie Tarrant will play his first game for 2014 against Adelaide after recovering from a leg injury and spending a week in the VFL.

"For the last five or six weeks I've done a really solid training program and played in the VFL last week and physically I felt really good out there…[it was] probably the best I've pulled up all year," Tarrant said.

"I'm raring to go, I wouldn't play if I couldn't play 100 per cent."

Tuesday, 29 April 2014
North Melbourne is hopeful Robbie Tarrant can return from a lingering lower leg injury before the first half of the season is over.

"We've just given him four or five days away to mentally freshen him up and give him a chance to regroup because he's obviously been pretty frustrated, as we have been too," North football director Geoff Walsh said.

"We're just hoping that he gets a bit of a mental freshen up more than anything. He was back yesterday so he'll step up his training now.

"But it has lingered on with some shin, hip sort of things, so hopefully he's over the hump there and can start to get some real traction in his training."

Thursday, 6 March 2014
Robbie Tarrant suffers a recurrence of the lower leg injury that sidelined him for nine games last year.

North football director Geoff Walsh said that Tarrant had been diagnosed with a tibial stress reaction that would sideline him for the first few rounds of the season.

"Unfortunately, we know from what we experienced with Robbie last year that we're dealing with a similar situation," Walsh said.

"However, it's nowhere near as severe this time around and thankfully our medical team has identified the symptoms early, allowing us to take a very proactive approach with his training and treatment."

Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Robbie Tarrant and Scott McMahon both sign two-year deals North Melbourne.

"I wouldn't leave because North is pretty much my family. The club has treated me and my wife Des so well over the years," McMahon said.

"They've been really good to me over a number of years on the field and off the field. I was never not going to stay. As soon as they put something to Paul (Connors), my manager, I was happy to sign it," Tarrant said.

Sunday, 17 February 2013
Drew Petrie hopes to form a good chemistry with fellow forwards Lachie Hansen and Robbie Tarrant but says it's up to him to make it work.

"Spreading the load and responsibility is really good, but personally I feel more responsibility in this side, not necessarily to get a kick myself, but more so to help the team," Petrie said.

"I understand that it's going to take 18 players to win a game of footy and it's going to take the three of us forwards to really work well to win a game.

"But I just take a lot of that responsibility and out of the three of us I feel more responsible for how we go than the other two guys."

Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Robbie Tarrant says he is under pressure to keep his spot with the emergence of young forwards in Aaron Black, Majak Daw and Tom Curran.

"I feel a lot of pressure to keep lifting my game," Tarrant said.

"Blacky's had a really good pre-season, he's really taken his fitness base to a new level, and Majak has improved so much over the last few seasons.

"Tommy Curran has been able to get out on the track now too. Unfortunately for him last year he only played a couple games of VFL before he hurt his foot.

"If there was no pressure you might rest on your laurels a little bit, but it's really good at the minute because you know full well you have to continue to work on your game and improve."

Sunday, 30 January 2011
Robbie Tarrant seems to have finally thrown the injury curse that plagued him for much of his first three seasons at Arden Street.

"The body feels as good as it can at the minute. I just can't wait for the games to start really," Tarrant said.

"I had significant surgery two years ago to my left shoulder but it feels really good and I haven't had any dramas with it since. I also had minor hip surgery at the end of last season and my hips are feeling really good now too."

Thursday, 4 February 2010
North Melbourne assistant coach Darren Crocker says Robbie Tarrant may get more opportunities playing in defence this year.

"We just wanted to give another string to Robbie's bow," Crocker said.

"He's played as a forward predominantly throughout his juniors. Having missed a fair bit of footy, we just felt that giving him a run across half-back may open up the door for him."

Saturday, 14 November 2009
Robert Tarrant believes his shoulder problems are behind him after a positive prognosis from the surgeon.

"When I did my shoulder the last time, I was sceptical whether I was actually going to get another contract," Tarrant said.

"But to get two years was a massive show of faith. The club has done absolutely everything it can for me, and, hopefully, now I can begin to repay them."

Monday, 8 June 2009
Robbie Tarrant has re-injured his shoulder playing in the VFL and will undergo scans.

"He just fell on the shoulder out at Casey Fields, but until then he had been playing really well," North Melbourne chief of football Donald McDonald said.

"But that's how the game goes sometimes."

Thursday, 5 February 2009
Young North Melbourne key forward Robert Tarrant remains in doubt for the start of the season after another shoulder mishap.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Kangaroos draftee Robert Tarrant says he will keep out of the off-field troubles for which his older brother Chris has become infamous for.

"I've learnt a lot about what we should and shouldn't do as AFL footballers," Tarrant said.

"He's done a few silly things that he probably regrets and I've learnt a lot from those things and I probably won't go down the same track as him."

Tarrant who was snapped up with the Kangaroos' first pick at no. 15 in the 2007 national draft was high on the club's radar.

"I think the Bulldogs and the Tigers were pretty keen at 18 and 19, so we thought we'd better make a move here," Kangaroos coach Dean Laidley said.

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