North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell says Kangaroos fans have every right to be excited about new recruit Aiden Bonar.
The 20-year-old joined the Roos in the trade period after spending the past two years with GWS where he tallied six AFL games.
Bonar, who was drafted by the Giants with pick 11 in 2017, was stuck behind a long line of top quality midfielders at his first club but is expected to add plenty of excitement and strength to North’s engine room.
“Aiden has turned up in unreal shape,” skipper Ziebell said on SEN’s Bob & Andy.
“He’s a big young lad, he’s a high draft pick. We can all see why he was such a high draft pick at the Giants.
“He’s training really well so far. He’s very big and powerful and I think he’ll be in our midfield pretty early on to see if he can add a few more dimensions in there and give a bit more flexibility.
“I think we all saw in a few of the games he played the last couple of years that he’s got the ability to go forward, take a mark and kick a goal.
“He’s an exciting prospect for our fans and for us as players as well. We’ve loved having big ‘Bon’ come in and he’s done it the right way which has been great.”
Ziebell also spoke of what the Roos have been working on in the pre-season under Rhyce Shaw as they strive to play finals for the first time since 2016.
“When ‘Shawy’ took over (as interim coach las year) what he was really, really strong on, and continued that when he was made head coach, he wants to make our game plan very identifiable with the North Melbourne fan base,” he added.
“What we do really well is that contested ball, attack on the ball and the man, and obviously we are a high octane scoring team that defends really well as well.
“Shawy brought those principles in when he took over. The last 12 games of the year we showed that in parts and now for us it’s really just about working on that consistency so we can do that week in, week out and perform as a really solid team that is hard to play against and hard to beat.”
The Kangaroos kick off their Marsh Community series against the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on February 21.
Catch up on Ziebell's chat with Bod and Andy below: