North Melbourne youngster Cameron Zurhaar has signed a one-year extension that will see him remain at the Roos until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Zurhaar was selected with the 11th pick in the 2016 AFL Rookie Draft, and has played North’s last two matches after making his debut in round 17 against Port Adelaide.
The 19-year-old made a tough move over from Western Australia after being drafted and said he felt pressured due to coming over on just a one-year contract, but is thrilled to have secured his playing future for another season.
“I love the club, I’m happy here in Melbourne, it’s gone really quick. It’s already 11 months in, it’s pretty crazy, I’m good mates with all the players here now,” Zurhaar told nmfc.com.au.
“There’s a lot of pressure because you only have a one-year deal. You’re just hoping for another year and to get some good games under your belt.
“I had high expectations going into the season and set some pretty ambitious targets. I was hoping to make my debut but wasn’t sure if I would, given the amount of young talented players we have on the list.”
Zurhaar gathered six disposals, three tackles and three inside 50s in his debut game against the Power, and backed it up against Essendon last Sunday with 10 disposals and three inside 50s.
Despite the Roos losing their past seven matches, Zurhaar says the culture at the club hasn’t taken a hit, and says the group remains very close.
“We’re all really tight and we all get around each other. Because we are all pretty young, the group is one and we’re not split up at all,” Zurhaar told the club’s website.
“When someone gets a game, everyone else is genuinely happy for them. There’s no bitterness or jealousy because we’re all so close together.”