Trent Cotchin will captain Richmond for a fourth straight AFL season, with Alex Rance and Shane Edwards also added to the Tigers’ leadership group.
The pair join vice-captains Brett Deledio and Ivan Maric on the five-man leadership panel, with experienced duo Troy Chaplin and Steve Morris dropping out.
“Alex and Shane both continuously drive the standards that we expect at our football club, and we know they’ll continue to do that in the responsibilities of their new roles,” football chief Dan Richardson said.
“Although the team has an official leadership group, we place a significant emphasis on the continual leadership development of all of our players, so that we can improve collectively as a football team, and we expect all 45 players to show leadership at different times.”
Rance is coming off a stellar season where he took out the Jack Dyer Medal and earned All-Australian honours for a second straight year.
Edwards has come a long way since he first joined the club as a shy youngster via the 2006 national draft.
“It definitely gives me a lot of confidence to say what I think and to bring up things that I think are important, which coming from a while back at the club I haven’t really had that,” Edwards said.
“I’ve been pretty shy, so it’s good to know that I’ve got the backing of my teammates and coaches.”
Richmond’s leadership group is nominated by the players in consultation with Damien Hardwick and his coaching panel.