MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26: Eddie Ford of the Kangaroos celebrates a goal during the round 11 VFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Werribee Tigers at Arden Street Ground on June 26, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Eddie Ford will debut for North Melbourne this Sunday when they take on the Western Bulldogs.

Ford will be the fourth first-year debutant to line up for the Kangaroos this year, joining Tom Powell, Charlie Lazzaro and Will Phillips.

Drafted with pick 56 from the Western Jets in last year's National Draft, Ford has enjoyed a strong patch in the VFL, helping North notch three consecutive wins.

Ford is a versatile player but has proven to be a good option forward, kicking six goals in his last three games. He has also averaged 14.3 disposals and 4.4 marks for the season.

When speaking to the playing group, VFL coach Leigh Adams praised Ford's character and work ethic.

"This bloke, we all love him for the way he goes off the field,” Adams said.

"He’s got a great humour to him, but the work he’s been doing, the hard work, to get himself to a debut has been fantastic."

North Melbourne play the Western Bulldogs 4.40pm on Sunday at Marvel Stadium.

Today North Melbourne also revealed that they have broken their membership record, with 45,133 members so far this season.

North CEO, Ben Amarfio, said the milestone showed the club is on the right path.

“We have had incredible support, particularly over the past 15 months and our members continue to amaze us with their loyalty, passion and care for our club - particularly meritorious given COVID,” he said.

“To be in this position during what is the beginning of a rebuild, is incredibly significant. It proves to us that our members are on board with the direction we are heading in and they believe in the strategy we’ve elected to pursue.”

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“It’s been challenging at times not having our royal blue and white striped army at games but this record speaks volumes about our members’ dedication and commitment.

“I’d also like to acknowledge our membership team and the wider club who have all worked tirelessly to overcome numerous challenges to achieve this result.”