Swallow continues as Roos skipper

Andrew Swallow will continue as North Melbourne skipper with the AFL club officially anointing Jack Ziebell as his successor by naming him sole vice-captain.

Swallow, 28, won the vote of the Kangaroos players for the fifth consecutive season despite speculation the club was looking at Ziebell.

Instead the 24-year-old midfielder will be the sole deputy after previously sharing it with Drew Petrie.

The remainder of the leadership group is Jamie Macmillan, Shaun Higgins and Scott Thompson, with Petrie, Nick Dal Santo and Sam Gibson dropping out.

North coach Brad Scott said the choice of three-time best and fairest winner Swallow as captain was decisive with the players completing lengthy questionnaires on the candidates.

“The players have been the loudest voice in this,” Scott said.

“In the end it was fairly clear but that doesn’t mean it was easy.

“While we know Jack has got terrific leadership qualities this process meant that Andrew was a fairly clear stand-out for us.”

Swallow has captained North since taking over from Brent Harvey in 2012 but turning 29 in June, acknowledged this season could be his last as skipper.

“Brad and I had a good chat about what my plans were and what I wanted to do and I said I was happy to go on one more … but whatever the players think,” Swallow said.

“Boomer (Harvey) handed over while he was still playing and that’s my intention but I had to leave it up to the powers above.”

He said Ziebell’s development as a leader over the past 12 months had been outstanding.

“We’ve got a lot of good guys who are waiting in the wings.”

Ziebell, who has been joint vice-captain for four years, said it was exciting to take over the role in his own right.

Higgins joins the leadership group for the first time after crossing to the club from the Western Bulldogs as a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.

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