North Melbourne has unveiled its new look leadership group, with four new faces elected to help lead the club in 2020.
Ben Cunnington, Trent Dumont, Jasper Pittard and Jy Simpkin have been voted into an eight-man unit alongside Jamie Macmillan.
Jack Ziebell will captain the club for a fourth season, supported by vice-captains Shaun Higgins and Robbie Tarrant.
“I reckon it’s a really really good group in terms of its diversity,” North coach Rhyce Shaw said.
“We’ve got guys that have been there for a period of time and a great crop of first-timers in Trent, Jy, Ben and Jasper who have all put in some real work to better themselves as players, teammates and people.
“Our playing group value their contributions and leadership qualities, and that’s why they’re in this group.
“I’m really looking forward to working with all of the leaders, so that we can make sure that we get the best out of the wider playing group.”
"Be true to who you are ... you don't have to change. You've been voted here for a reason, because of who you are right now."— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) February 6, 2020
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Ziebell said the club is spoiled for choice when it comes to leadership and quality people.
“Guys like Jy and Trent have really impressed. They’ve accepted the challenge of stepping up and taking their game to a new level and have done it in an extremely mature manner,” Ziebell said.
“They are eager to learn, they demonstrate the values of the club and they are leading by example.
“Jasper is another one who, only joining the club last year, has embraced what we are about and where we want to go.
“He has an extremely humble nature and adds a lot of value to the club.
“It’s also great to see Cunners [Cunnington] recognised. He is an absolute star and will continue to help develop our younger guys.”