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AFL 2016 Portraits - AFL Captains

Brendon Goddard has risen well to the tough task of Essendon captain


Captain: Taylor Walker
Leadership group: Richard Douglas, Sam Jacobs, Rory Sloane, Daniel Talia, Scott Thompson, Nathan van Berlo 

Changes from 2015
In: Sam Jacobs, Richard Douglas
Out: Patrick Dangerfield


Captain: Tom Rockliff
Vice-captains: Dayne Beams and Daniel Merrett
Leadership group: Pearce Hanley, Daniel Rich, Dayne Zorko 

Changes from 2015
In: Daniel Merrett, Dayne Beams
Out: Jed Adcock


Captain: Marc Murphy
Vice-captain: Kade Simpson
Leadership group: Patrick Cripps, Ed Curnow, Sam Docherty, Bryce Gibbs, Andrew Walker 

Changes from 2015
In: Patrick Cripps, Ed Curnow, Sam Docherty, Kade Simpson, Andrew Walker
Out: Lachie Henderson, Michael Jamison, Sam Rowe

Marc Murphy is hoping to become a great leader at Carlton. Picture: AFL Media


Captain: Scott Pendlebury
Leadership group: Taylor Adams, Nathan Brown, Brent Macaffer, Steele Sidebottom 

Changes from 2015
In: Taylor Adams, Steele Sidebottom
Out: Travis Cloke, Tyson Goldsack


Captain: Brendon Goddard
Vice-captain: Mark Baguley 

Leadership group: Joe Daniher, James Gwilt, Zach Merrett, David Zaharakis, plus rotating top-up players


Captain: David Mundy
Leadership group: Nat Fyfe, Michael Johnson, Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands, Lee Spurr 

Changes from 2015
In: David Mundy as captain, Michael Johnson
Out: -

David Mundy has big shoes to fill but can expect plenty of help from Matthew Pavlich. Picture: AFL Media


Captain: Joel Selwood
Vice-captain: Harry Taylor
Leadership group: Mark Blicavs, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan, Tom Hawkins 

Changes from 2015
In: Mark Blicavs, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan
Out: Corey Enright, Andrew Mackie

Gold Coast

Captain: Gary Ablett
Vice-captains: Tom Lynch, Steven May and Dion Prestia
Leadership group: Jarrod Harbrow, Nick Malceski, Jaeger O'Meara, Michael Rischitelli, Matt Rosa, David Swallow 

Changes from 2015
In: Jarrod Harbrow, Steven May, Jaeger O'Meara, Matt Rosa
Out: -


Captain: Callan Ward and Phil Davis (co-captains)
Vice-captains: Heath Shaw
Leadership group: Stephen Coniglio, Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith, Matt Buntine 

Changes from 2015
In: Stephen Coniglio, Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith, Matt Buntine
Out: Tom Scully, Shane Mumford

Callan Ward and Phil Davis are becoming a long-running double bill. Picture: AFL Media


Captain: Luke Hodge
Vice-captain: Jordan Lewis, Jarryd Roughead
Leadership group: Sam Mitchell, Josh Gibson, Isaac Smith  

Changes from 2015
In: Isaac Smith
Out: -


Captain: Nathan Jones
Vice-captain: Nil
Leadership group: Colin Garland, Max Gawn, Tom McDonald, Bernie Vince, Jack Viney 

Changes from 2015
In: Colin Garland, Max Gawn, Tom McDonald, Bernie Vince, Jack Viney
Out: Lynden Dunn, Jack Grimes, Daniel Cross, Chris Dawes, Heritier Lumumba

North Melbourne

Captain: Andrew Swallow
Vice-captain: Jack Ziebell
Leadership group: Shaun Higgins, Jamie Macmillan, Scott Thompson 

Changes from 2015
In: Shaun Higgins
Out: Drew Petrie, Nick Dal Santo, Sam Gibson

Andrew Swallow is heading into his fifth year as the Kangaroos captain. Picture: AFL Media

Port Adelaide

Captain: Travis Boak
Vice-captain: Hamish Hartlett
Leadership group: Brad Ebert, Jack Hombsch, Tom Jonas, Matthew Lobbe, Justin Westhoff, Ollie Wines 

Changes from 2015
In: Hamish Hartlett as sole vice-captain, Jack Hombsch, Justin Westhoff
Out: Jackson Trengove


Captain: Trent Cotchin
Vice-captains: Ivan Maric and Brett Deledio
Leadership group: Shane Edwards, Alex Rance 

Changes from 2015
In: Shane Edwards, Alex Rance
Out: Troy Chaplin, Steven Morris

St Kilda

Captain: Nick Riewoldt
Leadership group: David Armitage, Sean Dempster, Jarryn Geary, Leigh Montagna, Jack Newnes, Jack Steven, Maverick Weller 

Changes from 2015
In: Jack Steven
Out: -

Sydney Swans

Co-captains: Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack
Leadership group: Heath Grundy, Dan Hannebery, Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker, Dane Rampe, Nick Smith 

Changes from 2015
In: Heath Grundy, Dan Hannebery, Dane Rampe
Out: Rhyce Shaw, Adam Goodes

West Coast

Captain: Shannon Hurn
Vice-captain: Josh Kennedy
Leadership group: Eric Mackenzie, Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey 

Changes from 2015
In: Luke Shuey
Out: Scott Selwood

Shannon Hurn couldn't have hoped for a better first year as Eagles skipper. Picture: AFL Media

Western Bulldogs

Captain: Bob Murphy
Vice-captain: Easton Wood
Leadership group: Marcus Bontempelli, Matthew Boyd, Dale Morris 

Changes from 2015
In: Marcus Bontempelli, Easton Wood
Out: Tom Liberatore, Jordan Roughead