North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has reportedly booked a marlin fishing trip for next weekend in a desperate attempt to finally lure a big fish to his club. Following news late yesterday that West Coast star Andrew Gaff has turned down a lucrative offer to join the Kangaroos, sources at Arden Street have said that the club has gone into overdrive to secure a big fish… any big fish.

One such source contacted The Watsonia Bugle this morning to reveal that Scott was set to head north to Cairns this weekend and will spend a full two days at sea trying to hook a lively marlin. The source said, “Yeah, it’s a bit sad really, but I guess desperate times call for desperate measures. Apparently Scotty rang one of the admin staff last night frantically asking her to book a marlin fishing trip for next weekend. Exactly how this helps the club on-field next year I’m not sure. But I guess the poor guy just wants a win.”

The loss of Gaff comes on the back of years of missing out on luring a big name player to play for the Kangaroos, with Scott previously saying that each time they miss out it just adds to their mythical “war chest”. Subsequent reports of round-the-clock security being provided at Arden Street to guard this ever-increasing war chest have been, so far, unsubstantiated.