BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: The Kangaroos celebrate victory after the round 20 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at The Gabba on August 4, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Nick Dal Santo believes his former team, North Melbourne, are set to continue improving in 2019.

The Kangaroos surprised many in 2018 with a season that saw them miss the eight by one game.

Impressive wins over GWS, Hawthorn and eventual premiers West Coast highlighted a year that saw a number of their players flourish into A-grade performers.

“I think what they showed last year impressed a lot of people,” Dal Santo told SEN Breakfast.

“I put my hand up, I did not expect the turnaround in form and results to be that quick.

Dal Santo has faith in Brad Scott to get the best out of his side and believes that the retirement of Jarrad Waite could lead to the North captain taking another step.

“I think Jack Ziebell could kick 40 goals – two per game if he plays as a permanent forward,” he said.

“I think they can shake it up a bit next year. Brad Scott is really good at finding the elite qualities in players.”