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Gawn retains Melbourne AFL captaincy

Melbourne have elected Max Gawn as their sole captain for the second successive AFL season, with Jack Viney again his deputy.

The pair will remain in the roles they were handed last year in a streamlined leadership set-up, bucking the competition trend of clubs appointing larger leadership groups.

Gawn and Viney were nominated through a voting process by players and coaching staff, which included consultation with the club’s senior executive.

“We are very fortunate that we have a number of strong leaders within our playing group who display our club values on a consistent basis,” Demons football boss Alan Richardson said.

“As a collective, we feel the streamlined approach of having a captain and vice-captain worked really well last year.

“Pleasingly, this view was reinforced through the player voting process where both Max and Jack were the two standout candidates.

“They are not only great football players but they are also outstanding people and no one wants success for this footy club more than those two men.”

Four-time All-Australian Gawn and tough midfielder Viney have both held leadership positions at Melbourne since 2016.

Viney was co-captain with Nathan Jones from 2017-2019 before Gawn’s appointment as the sole skipper last year.

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