2018 vice-captains Kane Keppel and Marcus Stavrou have recommitted to the Northern Blues for the upcoming season.
Two players who have often had their Northern Blues careers overlap, the former Eastern Ranges products will go again for season three at Preston City Oval.
With the ability to play multiple roles, the two have made immediate impacts in their time at Northern. The duo have been recognised as young leaders, and have assumed the mantle with their young teammates in driving the club forward into its next phase.
They join fellow vice-captain Mason Blakey as a number of key re-signings for 2019, with the former Northern Knights captain committing to the Club once again late last year.
2019 is taking shape – and the curtain raiser could be back on the agenda.
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) December 19, 2018
Keppel overcame a nasty leg injury sustained in his first season to play 15 games for the Blues in 2018. Ranked third for rebound 50s at the Blues, Keppel combined his usual role in defence with stints up forward.
Stavrou burst onto the scene for Northern in 2017, before a fractured fibula on the eve of the 2018 season held him up. However, the big-bodied youngster rebounded to play the last nine games of the year uninterrupted, capped off with an impressive showing against Essendon.
Northern Blues General Manager Ben Brennan said the Club was thrilled that the two emerging leaders had put pen to paper for the 2019 season.
Re-signed and raring to go, @tomwillo23 knows a fair bit about Northern Blues pre-seasons.
And, according to the skipper, this one may be the pick of the bunch.#Northbound
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) December 18, 2018
“We’re really happy that Kane and Marcus have signed on to play for our club once again in 2019,” Brennan said.
“They’ve both embraced and lived our values since arriving at Northern from the TAC Cup, and the faith from their teammates was evident when they were nominated as vice-captains last year.
“Along with Mason Blakey, they’ll form a key part of our next wave of players coming through and we think they have the potential to become really consistent, long-term players for our club.”
Returning Blues: Mason Blakey, Max Dreher, Sam Fisher, Josh Hill, Kane Keppel, Jordan Lynch, Jesse Palmer, Ethan Penrith, Marcus Stavrou, Jean-Luc Velissaris, Tom Wilson
New Blues: Kieran Collins (Western Bulldogs), Alex Johnson (Sydney)