The AFL is in the midst of change as captains of clubs have stood down or retired to allow the next generation to come through as leaders.
Hawthorn’s Ben McEvoy and Geelong’s Joel Selwood retired from their respective clubs at the end of 2022, opening the door to the next generation.
In December last year, Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury opted to stand down after nine years and 206 games. His successor was Darcy Moore.
Earlier this year, North Melbourne’s Jack Ziebell decided to pass the baton on to the next group of youngster coming through, as Jy Simpkin and Luke McDonald took over.
In February alone, Adelaide’s Rory Sloane, Brisbane’s Dayne Zorko, Essendon’s Dyson Heppell and Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe almost simultaneously chose to step aside as captain of their clubs.
However, only the Crows have re-appointed the vacant role, with Jordan Dawson inheriting the position for 2023.
GWS also handed Toby Greene sole captaincy, placing Stephen Coniglio and Josh Kelly as his vice-captains.
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Port Adelaide continue with Tom Jonas as the Western Bulldogs and Marcus Bontempelli agree to an unchanged leadership group for 2023.
Melbourne announced that Max Gawn will lead again with the help of Jack Viney as second in charge.
Richmond continued the co-captaincy of Toby Nankervis and Dylan Grimes for another year after the club was impressed with their work in 2022.
Luke Shuey will go around as captain for the third year after West Coast confirmed his role for 2023.
Carlton (Patrick Cripps), Gold Coast (Touk Miller/Jarrod Witts) St Kilda (Jack Steele) and Sydney (Callum Mills/Dane Rampe/Luke Parker) have yet to confirm who will be leading the club in the upcoming season but expect all to retain their positions from last year.
AFL captains 2023
|Carlton||TBC (previously Patrick Cripps)||TBC|
|Gold Coast||TBC (previously Touk Miller/Jarrod Witts)||TBC|
|North Melbourne||Jy Simpkin/Luke McDonald||2023|
|Port Adelaide||Tom Jonas||2019|
|Richmond||Dylan Grimes/Toby Nankervis||2022|
|St Kilda||TBC (previously Jack Steele)||TBC|
|Sydney||TBC (previously Luke Parker/Dane Rampe/Callum Mills)||TBC|
|West Coast||Luke Shuey||2020|
|Western Bulldogs||Marcus Bontempelli||2020|
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