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Hawthorn announce 2017 leadership group

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 3: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks shows off his premiership medal after the 2015 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on October 3, 2015. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/AFL Media)
Jarryd Roughead will captain the Hawks in the 2017 season.

Hawthorn’s leadership group will take on a new look in 2017 with Jarryd Roughead to captain the side.

Since being drafted by Hawthorn with pick two in the 2004 National Draft, Roughead has built a stellar career that includes 231 games, four premierships, and a Coleman Medal.

His current tally of 491 goals is the sixth most of any Hawthorn player in history and he has been named an All Australian on two occasions.

Although humbled by his new title, the 29-year-old is excited to jump into the role.

“I’m honoured to be captaining the Hawks this year,” said Roughead.

“It’s an enormous responsibility but I’m ready for the challenge and can’t wait to lead this group of players.

“I’ve been lucky enough to play under one of our game’s best captain’s in Hodgey and I’ll certainly take a lot of what he has taught me into the role.

“To be backed by the players and the club, it’s a really special feeling.”

Roughead will take over the reins from teammate and three-time premiership Captain Luke Hodge.

Hodge, who has captained the club since 2010, believes the time is right for a fresh face to lead the Hawks.

“I think Rough is the right man to lead the club in 2017.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to captain the Hawthorn Football Club but I think it’s the perfect time for Rough to take the reins.

“I’ve had the opportunity to see him grow and develop as a leader and there is no better person to lead our club in 2017.

“I’ve always thought I’d like to be around to help out and support my successor so I’m rapt that Rough’s appointment means I’ll have the opportunity to do that.”

Hodge captained the side for 125 games, the fourth most of any Hawthorn captain. During his tenure he led the Hawks in 17 finals and three premierships.

In addition to their new captain, the Hawks will also have a trio of fresh faces in their leadership group with Liam Shiels, Ben Stratton and Jack Gunston all voted in by their teammates.

Shiels and Isaac Smith will assume vice-captaincy duties, with Gunston, Stratton, Hodge and Josh Gibson set to round out the seven-man leadership team.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs