27/02/2024

Jack Ziebell Photo- North Melbourne (nmfc.com.au)

North Melbourne is set for a rebuilding year, but captain Jack Ziebell is eager to educate the youth coming through and help the side improve.

Come Round 1 next week, there will be a new-look North Melbourne side running out against Port Adelaide.

It’s new on the field, but also off the field with new coach David Noble.

But, according to North skipper Jack Ziebell, Noble’s already making a difference.

“Nobes (David Noble) has been fantastic for us coming in,” he told The Inner Sanctum 

“He’s background in not only coaching but being the general manager of football, he has provided a program that is exactly what we needed as a footy club.”

With lots of experience leaving the club over the off-season, the senior players like Ziebell need to lead from the front come round one.

“The new coaching staff have reinvigorated a lot of the older boys and we have to lead the way for our younger teammates and there is more emphasis on that now,” he said.

“So, the message we are pushing is that we need to improve every week and every session.

“We have to lead the way as older players, we work pretty closely with Nobes in what he wants in terms of the game plan and how we want to run things out on the ground.

“He’s been fantastic in sharing that with us as older guys, but it’s on us to implement that with the young guys.

“We are taking an approach to teach and help them learn and try to speed that process up so we are all on the same page come game day.”

The senior Roos will be pushing as on-field coaches to the younger brigade.

“All of us older guys with our experience considering how young we are having to do that 100 percent,” Ziebell said.

 “If we do that well, we can accelerate our young guys to be better players and that makes us a better team as well.

“That’s where our priority’s lie but also making sure we get our roles done as well as senior guys are super important.

“There’s been a bit to work through and I think we’ve done it well so far but will need to continue to do it well during the season.”

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