Strat­ton cap­taincy backed

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Shayne Hope

For­mer Hawthorn util­ity Bren­dan White­cross has thrown his sup­port be­hind Mar­garet River’s Ben Strat­ton as the best op­tion to fill the club’s va­cant cap­taincy role.

A player vote will de­ter­mine a suc­ces­sor to Jar­ryd Roug­head, who stepped down at the end of last sea­son.

The vote is likely to be held next month.

“It’s go­ing to be hard be­cause they’ve got quite a few stick­ing their hands up for the lead­er­ship se­lec­tion,” White­cross told SEN.

“The club’s go­ing to be in a tough po­si­tion try­ing to work out who it’ll be.

“For me, he doesn’t say a lot, but when he talks, ev­ery­one lis­tens and it has a bit (of) im­pact and that’s Ben Strat­ton.

“I think he’s a good chance to be given the role.

“He’s a qui­eter type, but his im­pact on field ev­ery­one knows, but as I said, when he speaks every­body lis­tens.”

Strat­ton, 29, told The West Aus­tralian last month he did not have a burn­ing de­sire to rise to the cap­taincy, but would ac­cept the re­spon­si­bil­ity if it was handed to him.

“There’s a big sum­mer to get through and I’ll just take it as it comes,” he said.

“It doesn’t re­ally bother me too much.”

Premier­ship team­mates Isaac Smith, Liam Shiels and Jack Gun­ston are the other lead­ing con­tenders to take on the role.

Brown­low Medal win­ner Tom Mitchell is also in the con­ver­sa­tion.

White­cross, who played 111 games for Hawthorn and is now a de­vel­op­ment coach at North Mel­bourne, of­fered an­other pos­si­ble op­tion.

“One left-field for mine is Ben McEvoy,” White­cross said.

“He’s just got a re­ally good grasp on AFL footy, un­der­stands his role and where the club’s at.

“He’s got a re­ally good con­nec­tion with ev­ery­one at the club, both play­ing and ad­min.

“He’d be a re­ally good left-field con­tender.”

Port Ade­laide are also look­ing for a new leader af­ter Travis Boak stepped down last year, while Gold Coast need a re­place­ment for de­parted for­mer co-cap­tains Tom Lynch and Steven May.

More clubs could an­nounce changes to ex­ist­ing lead­er­ship groups dur­ing the pre-sea­son, with some to con­duct player votes be­fore the new sea­son be­gins in March.

Pic­ture: AAP

Ben Strat­ton is in the run­ning to take over from Jar­ryd Roug­head as Hawthorn cap­tain.

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