North Melbourne is seriously considering a leadership change before the beginning of the 2016 season, with the club planning a leadership transition from current captain Andrew Swallow.
Coach Brad Scott conceded that the club was planning to appoint a new captain while Andrew Swallow is still playing, although he remains unsure when it will happen.
It is believed that North Melbourne hierarchy weren't entirely happy with the way Swallow led the side last season and is now looking in favour of vice-captain Jack Ziebell
"We've got a pretty extensive process (to decide the 2016 captain) that we're almost finished. We expect to be able to announce our leadership group and the leadership structure before the start of the NAB Challenge," Scott said.
"Andrew will definitely be part of that and we've got some other players who you could describe as captains-in-waiting.
"What I can say with certainty is that we will transition the captaincy while Andrew's still playing. I'm a big believer in that.
"The club did it with Adam Simpson to Brent Harvey, 'Boomer' (Harvey) handed it on to Andrew while he was still playing and we want Andrew to do that while he's still playing really good footy.
"But whether it happens now, whether it's next year or whether it's the year after that, we're yet to ascertain."
The club hopes to announce its decision before the beginning of the NAB Challenge, starting next month.