North Melbourne key defender Joel Tippett is now on the Kangaroos’ senior list after a strong AFL pre-season.

North Melbourne have promoted key defender Joel Tippett from their rookie list ahead of Friday night’s AFL season opener against Essendon.

The younger brother of Sydney key forward Kurt earned the elevation after a strong pre-season.

Joel was also a rookie-listed player at Brisbane and Gold Coast.

He played two games for the Suns in 2011.

“After two stints on rookie lists at other clubs, it’s a credit to Joel and really highlights his level of perseverance,” North football director Geoff Walsh said in a statement.

“He’s had steady form in defence over the summer and it has definitely warranted his elevation.”

North will put Tom Curran (foot) on their long-term injury list.