North Melbourne veteran Jack Ziebell has announced his retirement from AFL football after 15 decorated seasons.

Ziebell, a prominent feature of North's midfield brigade before transitioning to a late-career defensive role, captained the Kangaroos for six seasons before relinquishing the role at the beginning of this season.

The Arden Street stalwart will hang up the boots at the conclusion of this season.

Ziebell expressed his appreciation for North Melbourne in a club statement released on Friday morning.

"On one hand it's always a hard decision to give up the thing you love the most, but on the other I think my body will thank me for it," Ziebell said.

"From the time I walked into the place I've felt right at home and I've made some amazing lifelong friendships and connections. This is a special place and I'll always cherish being part of the club.

"I've given everything I can for this footy club, but I think the time is right for me to pass the baton to others to take us forward.

"I truly believe we have the building blocks to eventually go far as a club. I think back to those finals wins in 2014 and '15 and how amazing the feeling around the club was and I know those times aren't too far away.

"To our fans – you have been amazingly supportive of me over my entire journey. I can't thank you enough and I look forward to seeing the joy on your faces when we do turn things around.

"I have so many more people to thank but I'll get myself through to the end of the season and express my appreciation then."

Roos football boss Todd Viney reciprocated Ziebell's sentiments, thanking the veteran Shinboner for his years of club service.

"I can remember watching Jack from afar and thinking that he's my kind of footballer," Viney said.

"To watch him up close and see the leadership, ability to play through adversity and the team-first attitude has been a real privilege.

"I've only been here a short time in Jack's 15-year journey but he's been a pillar of strength in what's been a tough period and he's been a great support to everyone at the club.

"It's typical of Jack that he wanted to do what's best for North Melbourne in making this call and it's this selfless approach that will help us get back to contending for silverware."