Toby Greene will captain GWS in 2023.
The 29-year-old superstar has been elevated to sole skipper as the club heads into a new era under coach Adam Kingsley.
Greene has previously acted as co-captain alongside Stephen Coniglio and Josh Kelly but will be flying solo in the job this season.
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“It’s a huge honour,” Greene said.
“I’ve come a long way and it took a long time, but I’ve done a lot of work on my leadership skills.
“As a young kid I was probably nowhere near it and was trying to find my way in AFL footy but I’m in my twelfth season now and I’ve been here since the start.
“It’s a massive honour and I’ll be certainly putting all my time and effort into doing the best job I can.”
Toby Greene will lead the GIANTS into a new era, appointed as standalone captain for the 2023 AFL season.
— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) February 15, 2023
Greene, a foundation player with the Giants, has played 191 games at the club, winning a best and fairest and two All Australian selections along the way.
While his on-the-edge approach to the game often winds up opposition fans, his importance to the GWS team can’t be understated.
Wednesday’s captaincy announcement is a feather in the cap for a player who has often found himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Greene said he’ll be assisted by vice-captains Coniglio and Kelly, as well Tom Green, Harry Perryman, Sam Taylor and Connor Idun, who make up a new-look leadership group.
“We’ve got a super strong relationship … we have a really strong bond and I’ll be relying heavily on those two throughout the year,” Greene said.
“I’m looking forward to getting to work with them, alongside the four new players who have been named in the leadership group as well.
“It’s an exciting mix with the four new guys and the three of us who have been here for a while.”
GWS football manager Jason McCartney paid tribute to Greene’s development on and off the field.
“We’re thrilled to appoint Toby as captain of our club for 2023 and beyond,” he said.
“Toby is not only one of the most dynamic players in the AFL competition, he’s also an outstanding leader who gets the most out of his teammates and is intent on driving the Giants forward to greater heights.
“Since arriving at our club as an 18-year-old draftee, Toby has not only contributed to building the Giants, he has also continued to grow and develop as a player and a leader.
“With a new head coach and new coaching group, we undertook a thorough leadership process with a preference for one-captain model as we embark on a new chapter for our club.”
The Giants get the 2023 campaign underway at home to Port Adelaide on Sunday, March 19.