One of the most experienced heads in the AFL David Noble was appointed as North Melbourne’s senior coach at the end of 2020. Despite this being the first head coaching role of his career Noble has an impressive CV that dates back to his playing career at Fitzroy. 

After playing two games in the 1989 season Noble retired at the age of 27 to focus on coaching and landed his first AFL role under Terry Wallace at the Western Bulldogs, becoming senior assistant and reserves coach in 1997.

Noble later went on to spend a decade at the Adelaide Crows where he contributed to eight finals campaigns. He started his time at the Crows as a senior assistant coach, but finished as their General Manager of Football Operations.

He was then appointed as Brisbane’s General Manager of Football where he oversaw a remarkable turnaround at the Lions, with the side progressing from the wooden spoon in 2017 to consecutive top two finishes in 2019 and 2020.

With his holistic approach to coaching being well documented Noble represents the new style of coach coming through the ranks, focusing on personal player development just as much as their on-field progress.

In his first season at the helm North recorded an 18th placed finish, however the improvement and promise shown by the team under his stewardship has been a cause of excitement for fans.