The high-profile inclusions of Robbie Tarrant and Jaidyn Stephenson headline North Melbourne’s extended squad to take on the GWS Giants on Sunday.

Tarrant will play his first game of the season, with groin and kidney issues hampering the key-defender’s ability to get on the park so far in 2021.

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David Noble confirmed his participation in this weekend’s fixture in his media conference on Thursday.

After suffering a hairline fracture to his scaphoid bone in Round 9 against Collingwood, Stephenson has recovered from surgery to take his place on the half forward flank.

A move into the midfield in 2021 has paid off for North’s number two, with Stephenson currently setting career-highs in both disposals and clearances per game in his first season at the club.

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David Noble media conference (June 10, 2021)

David Noble speaks with the media via Zoom ahead of our main training session before facing the Giants on Sunday.

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Jack Mahony, Bailey Scott, Curtis Taylor, Tom Powell, Tristan Xerri, Atu Bosenavulagi, Tom Campbell and Will Phillips make up an extended interchange bench, with the final team to be announced on Friday night.

Connor Menadue (omitted) and Charlie Lazzaro (medical sub) have been left out of the side.

See the full squad below, presented by The Wharf Hotel.