North Melbourne great and former club captain Jack Ziebell announced he will retire at the end of the season. He said he could leave the game knowing he gave his all, " ... it’s always a hard decision to give up the thing you love the most, but ... I think my body will thank me for it. 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 ... 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 ... I can’t thank you enough and I look forward to seeing the joy on your faces when we do turn things around ... ".
Ziebell was just 17 when he was drafted in 2008. He debuted in 2009 and was elevated to the leadership group in 2012. He was appointed captain in 2017.and led the team in 111 games. Although no linger captain, he is still a strong leader at the club.
North Melbourne general manager Todd Viney said Ziebell’s presence would be missed, “I can remember watching Jack from afar and thinking that he’s my kind of footballer. 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 timing Jack’s 15-year journey, but he’s been 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 e of Jack that he wanted to do what’s best for North Melbourne in making this call ...".
GAMES: 276 (through Round 20)
GOALS: 183 (through Round 20)
2nd in best and fairest 2016, 3rd 2021
2009 AFL Rising Star nominee.
AFLPA Most Courageous Player nominee: 2013, '15, '16 and '17
Source: Stacey Oates, North Melbourne media release
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