Nick Riewoldt says he still has the passion to lead St Kilda for a record 11th AFL season.
Riewoldt heads an eight-man leadership group that has one new addition, with Trevor Barker medallist Jack Steven elevated.
Steven, 25, was called up by the group who wanted their best player involved.
Riewoldt didn’t have to think twice about whether to continue in the role once he was told by coach Alan Richardson and the club they wanted him.
“Richo’s philosophy on leadership is that he wants the best leaders to keep leading,” the 33-year-old said.
“It’s a position I’ve got a lot of respect for and I know the responsibility that comes with it but I’m still as passionate as ever about my footy and about leading this group back up the ladder.”
Riewoldt said his body, including his troublesome knee, was feeling good and he may line up for a few NAB Challenge matches.
The pair join youngsters Mav Weller and Jack Newnes alongside seasoned campaigners Leigh Montagna, Sean Dempster, Jarryn Geary and David Armitage.