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Selwood to lead for seventh season

Selwood to lead seventh season - Geelong Cats,Joel Selwood
Selwood to lead seventh season

Joel Selwood will become Geelong’s longest serving captain in history after the club’s 2018 player leadership group was announced at tonight’s Season Launch.

The six-time All-Australian has led Geelong into battle 139 times and is on track to surpass the legendary Reg Hickey’s 142 games as captain.

Selwood will lead Geelong for a seventh straight season after he was appointed captain ahead of the 2012 campaign, taking over from Cameron Ling.

Selwood will be supported by six teammates in a seven-man player leadership group which includes, Patrick Dangerfield (vice captain), Harry Taylor (deputy vice captain), Mark Blicavs, Mitch Duncan, Scott Selwood and Zach Tuohy. 

Entering his third year at the club after two impeccable seasons, Patrick Dangerfield will again support Selwood as vice-captain in 2018.

Harry Taylor will continue to lead the team as deputy vice-captain alongside Selwood and Dangerfield.

Zach Tuohy will join Geelong’s player leadership group after arriving at the club at the end of 2016. This is the Irishman’s first official leadership role over his seven AFL seasons.

Mark Blicavs, Mitch Duncan and Scott Selwood will maintain their roles within the group.

“I’m really looking forward to again leading this great club alongside my teammates this year,” Joel Selwood said.

“We have a great group heading into 2018 and I am really excited for what’s ahead. I love working within this leadership group as each member brings different experiences and assets which will only benefit us going forward.”

Geelong’s General Manager of Football Simon Lloyd has great confidence in the seven individuals selected to lead the team.

“These seven individuals could not be better suited to leading our playing group in the 2018 season. They are highly regarded through the club and were voted based on their ability to consistently drive and deliver on what Geelong stands for,” Lloyd said.

“Zach has been recognised by his peers and the broader club for his ability to positively influence others through action. His inclusion will be beneficial for the team.

“Joel exemplifies the club’s values and his commitment and passion for the cause is a testament to him as a captain.”

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