Kangas cut player with longest playing streak

The player with the longest active AFL consecutive games streak, North Melbourne's Sam Gibson, 31, has been delisted by the Kangaroos.

A mature-age recruit, the durable utility has been told he wouldn't be offered a contract by the Roos for 2018.

Originally picked up by Hawthorn more than a decade ago, the hard-running midfielder was delisted by the Hawks and was eventually handed a second chance by North several years later.

Remarkably, he began his AFL career at 25 after being picked up by North in the 2011 rookie draft.

Gibson went on to play 130 consecutive games after making his debut in 2012.

North coach Brad Scott described Gibson and his stint at the club in glowing terms.

"Sam is without question, one of the most determined and dedicated players going around," Scott told the club's website.

"It's a credit to him that he was able to begin his career late, as a 25-year old rookie, and become an integral player at the elite level for us."

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