Speaking to AFL.com.au, Ziebell expressed his delight in leading the shinboners once again.
“You never take a role like this lightly and I’ve been fortunate over the last few years to have some great support around me,” Ziebell said.
“With the group they’ve put together this year, I couldn’t be more confident in everyone’s skills and to welcome ‘Lukey’ [McDonald] and ‘Kayno’ [Turner] into the group for the first time.
“Luke obviously took eight years to get in the leadership group, but with a bit of growing up to be done in that time, he’s really matured into a fantastic AFL player. Obviously all the boys respect him and the way he goes about it.
“He sets the scene for us on the field, so it’s awesome he’s been rewarded with a role in the leadership group and I expect him to grow into that.
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— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) March 5, 2021
“We all know what Jy’s capable of, the last couple of years how much his games improved but the way he goes about it at training, the way he sets the example, but also these boys are incredible at building relationships with all the players.”