North is in advanced discussions with Swedish rifler Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson to potentially join its active CS:GO roster, according to multiple sources close to the situation. Discussions between the two parties are ongoing.
Early last month, the MAD Lions organization made an attempt to acquire Lekr0, but they were never able to come to an agreement, first reported by HLTV. This turn of events led MAD Lions to instead pick up Paweł "innocent" Mocek with the ESL One: Cologne Online roster lock looming. It is unclear if the failure to reach an agreement with Lekr0 stemmed from the interest of North in his services.
Lekr0 played with some of the top Swedish teams in recent years while playing with Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and GODSENT. His best results came with Fnatic, when they won WESG 2017 and IEM Katowice 2018 in a span of two weeks. While with Ninjas in Pyjamas from mid-2018 to May 2020, he spent a considerable amount of time as an in-game leader. Joining North would land him back in the star player role, with Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen at the helm.
North have struggled internationally for a considerable amount of time and especially during this online era of Counter-Strike. At the moment, they are one place away from qualifying for the next Valve sponsored Major tournament via the Road to Rio standings. It is expected that they will fall one more place in the standings when they finalize their roster move in the coming weeks.
"As always we are not willing to comment on speculation in relations to specific players," said Graham Pitt, North's head of esports operations, when reached for comment. "When and if we have something to announce regarding our roster we will announce it through our own social channels."