Luke McDonald and Luke Davies-Uniacke have committed to the bright future at North Melbourne, both signing multi-year deals.
Newly appointed co-vice-captain, McDonald, has penned a significant five year deal, while emerging star, Davies-Uniacke, signed a two-year deal.
McDonald said he grew up with aspirations of being a one club player and following in his father Donald’s footsteps.
“When the club sort of came to me to negotiate it was a pretty swift negotiation because I’m so committed to this club and can’t wait to bring us back to where we belong,” McDonald told North Media.
“[I’ve] been a North Melbourne fan my whole entire life and I suppose another five years here I jumped at the opportunity.
“I think it takes me until I’m about 31 so I’m just proud I’m going to be a one club player, just like my dad was, and there’s not too many of them these days.
“I’m really, really proud to be a North Melbourne player and it’s the only club I’ve ever wanted to play for.
“For the club to give me five years on the back of a lot of hard work is an awesome reward and as I said I’m just really, really excited about this year and the years to come with a lot of the young guys coming through.”
The 26-year-old is coming off a career-best season which culminated in his first Syd Barker medal. Having played 126 games in eight seasons, he said it’s the future that continues to inspire him.
“I’m just really, really proud and really looking forward to building the connection I’ve got with the guys like Lukey [Davies-Uniacke], Jysa [Jy Simpkin],” McDonald said.
“Even the young guys coming through like Will Phillips, [Charlie] Lazzaro, it’s just a really, really exciting time to be a North Melbourne supporter and a player.”
Explosive midfielder, Davies-Uniacke, overcame an injury setback before bursting onto the scene late last season.
“I’m at the point now where I’m starting to get the development through my game and trying to excel each game and just bring my strengths,” he said.
“It’s definitely changed a heap since I first came to the club, to see guys like Stevo [Jaidyn Stephenson], Mahns [Jack Mahony], Bonas [Aidan Bonar], and Jy [Simpkin] come through.
“I’m really keen for what’s to come for the future at the Roos.”
North list manager, Glenn Luff, said the pair are important players for the club’s future.
“We’ve worked really hard over the past 12 months, in particular, to shape our future and we’ve been vocal about what that looks like,” Luff said.
“Luke McDonald is coming off a career best year and has been rewarded with a co vice-captain role, so he’s a really important player for our group moving forward.
“LDU [Davies-Uniacke] had a really strong finish to 2020 and has taken another step forward this pre-season.
“We’re really excited to see where he can take his game in the next couple of years.”