He admits to letting his teammates down but it seems Steven May’s lengthy suspension earlier this year isn’t being held against him.
The Gold Coast defender copped a five-match AFL ban after a high bump on Brisbane’s Stefan Martin during the round-three derby between the Queensland clubs.
May’s subsequent absence from the team coincided with a run of defeats that cruelled any hope of an inaugural finals campaign for the Suns.
If May was worried however that his actions damaged his standing at the club, those doubts were laid to rest last week when he was nominated as captain for Saturday’s clash with Fremantle.
The imposing defender led the Suns to an impressive victory over the Dockers and says any concern he had to prove himself to teammates were surely at an end.
“A lot of people were saying it was undisciplined or selfish what I did but obviously my teammates and my coaches don’t feel the same way because they wouldn’t have appointed me captain on the weekend,” May said.
“That’s a positive I can take away from it.”
With captain Gary Ablett sidelined for the remainder of the year due to shoulder surgery, the Suns’ leadership is set to rotate between May and forward Tom Lynch until the end of the season.
Some have even suggested Ablett should relinquish the club captaincy to focus on his physical fitness but May says if that happens he won’t be actively pursuing the job fulltime.
“To be captain isn’t one of my goals,” he said.
“If something like that was to pop up and the team wanted or needed me to step up, I would definitely consider it but it’s not something I’ve got pencilled in.”