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Carlton announces new leadership group

Carlton's leaders for 2015. (L-R) Michael Jamison, Bryce Gibbs, Sam Rowe, Marc Murphy and Lachie Henderson. (Photo: Carlton Football Club)
Carlton's leaders for 2015. (L-R) Michael Jamison, Bryce Gibbs, Sam Rowe, Marc Murphy and Lachie Henderson. (Photo: Carlton Football Club)

Carlton has finalised its leadership structure for next season with captain Marc Murphy to head a five-man leadership group.

It will be Murphy’s third season leading the team, with Bryce Gibbs, Michael Jamison and Lachie Henderson, who all stepped into the leadership group in 2014, continuing in their roles, while coming into the group is defender Sam Rowe.

From this group the vice-captain/s appointment will be made over the pre-season.

Carlton’s GM – Football Operations Andrew McKay says election to the leadership group is recognition for the way the players conducted themselves this season.

“All five of these players showed tremendous character and leadership on and off the field this year,” McKay said.

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“They have also taken ownership of driving the values and behaviours that we expect across our football club.

“It’s been really pleasing to watch Marc grow over his short journey as captain. When the chips were down this year he stood the tallest, as good leaders do, and in the process he has really put his own stamp on the captaincy.

“Both Marc and Bryce have signed long-term contracts, which demonstrates their commitment and belief that they can take Carlton to the next era of sustained success.”

Andrew Carrazzo, Kade Simpson and Andrew Walker have all elected not to continue their official leadership roles. McKay says the three veterans will focus on mentoring the Club’s emerging leaders.

“The three boys all met with the coach independently and expressed a desire to relinquish their official leadership duties,” McKay said.

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“At their respective ages they want to focus first on getting their bodies right to play each week, and they believe they can best serve the team by allowing the younger leaders to step up.

“On behalf of the Club I would like to thank them for their commitment and dedication – I know they will continue to be terrific leaders within our team, albeit not in an official capacity.”