tmedia
Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

Go for Geary as next skipper, says Gilbert

Peter Ryan  January 31, 2016 2:42 PM

AFL 2015 Rd 22 - St Kilda v Sydney

Jarryn Geary should be the Saints' skipper when Nick Riewoldt relinquishes the role, says Sam Gilbert

ST KILDA defender Sam Gilbert says Jarryn Geary would be his choice as the Saints' next captain when skipper Nick Riewoldt eventually hands over the reins.

But he said Riewoldt remained the best captain he had ever seen and he would be happy with whoever held the title in 2016.

The Saints have not declared Riewoldt as the skipper for this season, but the 33-year-old champion remains the likely choice.

Gilbert said the St Kilda leadership group was strong and that remained the most important consideration. 

"The best thing about that is that they have got all the boys following them and that is what I am enjoying the most," he said.

"As far as Nick goes, he is the best captain I have ever seen and probably one of the best players I have ever seen, so no matter who gets it he is going to be an extremely good leader around the club."

Riewoldt plays his 300th game in round two and will chalk up 200 games as captain of the club in round one if he remains in the job.

He is still one of the most influential players in the game, both on and off the field.

"We obviously speak about who is a good leader and the way we want to be led, but as far as captaincy goes it is not the be all and end all for us," Gilbert said.

"It doesn't really faze the boys who is captain as long as they are doing it for the right reasons and leading us the way we want to be led."

When pressed on who might be next in line to assume the job from Riewoldt, Gilbert nominated the 27-year-old Geary.

"He has got very good leadership. He speaks very well in front of the group. He speaks at the right time and I really like the way he goes about his footy," Gilbert said.