GARY Ablett will remain Gold Coast's captain for a fourth straight season, while the Suns have elevated youngsters David Swallow, Dion Prestia and Tom Lynch into their leadership group.

Swallow, Prestia and Lynch will join Nathan Bock and Michael Rischitelli as vice captains.

By elevating three of their inaugural draftees, the Suns have made the first move in their leadership transition.

Coach Guy McKenna said the selections were a reflection of the list's on-going improvement.

"We have been really pleased with the way our playing group has evolved," McKenna said.

"Our experienced guys, like Gary, Nathan and Michael, have had a huge task in not just establishing and growing our club but also our players, and for us now to be in a position to elevate some of our inaugural season debutants can be attributed to their great work."

McKenna said Lynch, Prestia and Swallow were ready to take on their new leadership roles.

"Tom, Dion and David have earned their positions in our leadership group. Throughout their time with the club they have demonstrated that they have the capabilities of taking this club forward both on and off the field."

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