Essendon Football Club will be captained by Brendon Goddard for the 2016 season.
Goddard’s promotion to the captaincy was ratified by the Board and endorsed by the playing group.
The 30 year-old said he was honoured to take on the role under difficult circumstances.
“While we’re still coming to terms with the events of this week, we must get on and prepare for the season ahead,” Goddard said.
“It’s an honour to Captain the Essendon Football Club, although you’d prefer it to be under better circumstances.
“There’s no doubt we’re going to face some tough challenges as a Club this season, but we have confidence we have a list that is ready to take these challenges head on, and won’t be taking a backward step.”
“This group has a real opportunity to create its own history. We’re here because we love footy. We’re here to get better and we’re here to be competitive.”
Goddard will be supported by Mark Baguley who has been appointed Vice Captain.
The tough defender was voted into the leadership group for the first time this season, and says he’s ready to take on the added responsibility.
“We’ve obviously lost a lot of experience, but that’s not going to change how we approach this season,” Baguley said.
“This creates some great opportunities for our young guys to step up and gain valuable experience as players and people.
“We’ve spoken about representing the Club and our 12 mates to the best of our ability, and represent the Essendon jumper with pride.”
Senior Coach, John Worsfold, said they are ready to step up and lead the team this season.
“We are fortunate we have people in Brendon and Mark who can make that smooth transition into the captaincy and vice captaincy for the upcoming season,” Worsfold said.
“As it stands they have already been voted into the leadership group for this season, and both will play a really important role for the Club.
“I know Brendon and Mark will provide a great example to their teammates, but it’s up to everyone on our list to show leadership, and I’m looking forward to seeing how our young players respond to the challenge.”