Dyson Heppell – Captain (Age:25 in 2018), Cale Hooker – Vice-Captain (29), Zach Merrett – Vice-Captain (22), Jobe Watson (32), BJ (32), Michael Hurley (27), Joe Daniher (23)
Obviously Jobe comes out. I wouldn’t remove any of the other members and with one spot opening up I think it would be a fantastic opportunity to give a spot to either Fantasia or Walla.
Walla would be my choice - he sets an unbelievable example for the rest of playing group in terms of dedication to training, development, perseverance and just as important, his off field work in indigenous communities as well as the wider football community. On the field he gives absolutely everything he has to chase, tackle and apply immense pressure. After two seasons he is already an elite small forward of the competition and at 25 I think he would relish a leadership role.
Fantasia is quickly becoming one of our top line players, he trains hard and like Walla gives absolutely everything he’s got on the field, he is well liked by the entire playing group and at the age of 22 he has plenty of upside and development left in him. Perhaps still a year or two away.
McGrath will obviously become part of the leadership group sooner rather than later but I would personally give him another year of personal development before giving him the added pressure of leading the entire playing group. We have strong enough leaders already that we don’t need to rush his development.
Smith & Saad could also provide great leadership options next year if they have consistent years.
I tend to disagree. Actions speak much louder than words. Not every member of the group needs to be an extroverted public speaker. Who would you rather follow into battle on a footy field, Zaka or Walla? I know who I’m following.
And yes I believe it is decided via player vote but you need to nominate yourself to be eligible for inclusion.
Having met Tippa, its also my perception that he is a polite, softly spoken, and modest man. In fact he is far more assertive on the field physically and demonstrates passion and commitment. But I have no way of knowing whether he is a leader. Its up to the players,
Lets face it, Hepp, Zach, JD, Hurls and Cale need to lead from the front on field and that’s all you need. If these guys maintain their high standards on and off field then we’re set. Andy McGrath can join this group as well.
Would be great to have two in each part of the ground.
Gleeson is my pick, I think he’s going to really get going this year. Second choice would be Hartley, probably a little premature though.
Heppell + Zerrett - Daniher + Hooker - Hurley + Gleeson (or stick with Goddard)