Anthony Rocca has backed Jaidyn Stephenson to have a big impact at his new club.
Having worked together at Collingwood, the pair reunites at Arden Street, with Rocca taking on a role developing the club’s emerging talls.
“When he’s (Stephenson) up and going, he is a game changer,” Rocca said on SEN.
“He proved that a couple of years ago in 2018 and 2019 at Collingwood.
“I believe he can get back to that.”
Rocca said he looked forward to forming a bond with the likes of Cameron Zurhaar, Nick Larkey and Tristan Xerri at North.
The former Swan and Magpie also confident big man Todd Goldstein could step things up again in 2021.
“He’s (Goldstein) a really established ruckman, but I believe he can still go to another level,” Rocca said.
“He’s athletic, his fitness is outstanding and he is one of the top ruckman, but he could really, really dominate that ruck spot.”
Rocca joins a new-look coaching group and can’t wait to get started alongside the likes of Heath Younie, Jordan Russell and David Noble, who he has great respect for.
“He (Noble) really impressed with his attitude about developing and learning and building relationships, which is something I love,” Rocca said of his first chat with the senior coach.
“I think the best way to develop someone’s personality, trust and help them in their game is build that relationship with them and try and get the best out of them.”
Rocca will begin his new role at Arden Street in the next fortnight.