Trent Dumont says leading North Melbourne out as captain was something he’ll never forget.
“It was a really special moment for me,” Dumont told North Media.
“There were a few blokes out, and I know it was Marsh 1, but for me it meant a lot.”
Dumont was promoted into the Roos’ leadership group during the pre-season, taking charge for Friday night’s clash against the Bulldogs.
While the team didn’t get the result, there was plenty to take from his first time as a skipper.
“I learnt a lot out of the experience, and the game itself,” Dumont said.
“We learnt a few lessons as a team, and for me as a leader, having to be able to make those changes on the spot. ”
The 24-year-old’s leadership has impressed everyone at Arden Street, but he’s the first to admit his motivational speeches could use a little work.
“We were walking out for our captain’s run, and ‘Shawry’ pulled me aside and told me (about the captaincy). He told the boys and I had to make a speech, which caught me out a bit,” Dumont said.
“That’s one thing you’ve got to get used, the speeches (laughs).”
Dumont said working with the likes of Jack Ziebell, Shaun Higgins and Robbie Tarrant in the leadership group was invaluable.
“It’s an honour to be included in the leadership group,” he added.
“It was a very rewarding moment, and it made me really happy that my teammates saw me in that light.
“I’ve always wanted to be a leader at a footy club.”