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Hayley Miller to captain Fremantle Dockers AFLW side in 2022

Fremantle have announced AFLW midfielder Hayley Miller will captain the Dockers in 2022, taking the reins from inaugural skipper Kara Antonio.

As the club enters it’s sixth season in the competition, Miller will take on the captaincy with Kiara Bowers and Ange Stannett acting as her deputies.

Gabby O’Sullivan and Stephanie Cain will also be a part of the leadership group.

Miller first joined Fremantle as the club’s first ever draft pick in 2016 and has since played 38 games in five seasons in purple.

The 25-year-old on Friday said taking on the captaincy has been the highlight of her career so far.

“Prior to today, the proudest moment in my life was being drafted and going as the number one draft pick for Fremantle in the very first year and I knew at the time I wouldn’t realise the significance of that until I finished playing,” Miller said.

“Today, to stand and be the captain of this footy club is an incredibly proud moment for me and I remember having a conversation with our previous coach early on, that a goal of mine was to captain Fremantle. For that to have happened today is pretty incredible.

“It hasn’t sunk in completely yet, but I feel incredibly proud and excited for what’s to come for the group and the club.”

Miller was chosen as captain on the back of a player-led vote.

Hayley Miller.
Camera IconHayley Miller. Credit: Paul Kane/via AFL Photos

“I’m thrilled to be named as the captain but there’s five of us in the leadership group with ‘Turbo’ (Bowers) and Ange being the vice captains,” Miller said.

“Turbo’s done this role for many years and she’s incredible at it, and to have Ange in as a leader for the first time and to be vice captain just shows how incredible she is, it’s a testament to the type of player, leader and person she is.

“I’m stoked for her to be given that position.

“And Steph and Gabby, for Caino to be promoted into this leadership role, she’s been an emerging leader for the past couple of years but to get a title in the leadership group is amazing and Gabby’s been a leader for a few years now and done a great job.

“As a whole group, we’re just super excited to lead this team onto bigger and better things.”

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