Jack Ziebell has been confirmed captain of North Melbourne for a third season.
The 28 year-old took over from Andrew Swallow in 2017 and was voted in as leader by his peers once again in the pre-season.
“You never take a role like this at a footy club as great as ours for granted,” Ziebell told North Media.
“It’s always an honour and particularly this season, in our 150th year as a football club.”
Ziebell is again supported by Robbie Tarrant (vice-captain), Jamie Macmillan and Shaun Higgins who form a four-man leadership group.
Ziebell has had a challenging initiation with the past two seasons going from one extreme to another.
“In my first year we had a tough time as a relatively inexperienced group,” he said.
“We only managed six wins so a lot of the time it was a case of having to block out the external noise and ensure we remained up beat and positive, and also achieved what we set out to achieve.
“In 2018 we exceeded everyone’s expectations but our own, and although we recognised we still had a lot of work to do, we really showed that we are on the right track as a team and are building something really special.”
In his third season at the helm, Ziebell is thinking big.
“We never put a ceiling on expectations here, and I definitely think this team is capable of finals,” he said.
“Our midfield was significantly enhanced in the off-season and along with some great player acquisitions, our draftees and the organic growth we’ll get from those already on our list, it’s going to be an exciting year.
“We have a great supporter base and really hope they get behind us this season.”