Aaron Bruce will extend his record as Canberra’s longest-serving captain, as he heads up a seven-person player leadership group for the 2019 NEAFL season.
The 29-year-old will be supported by vice-captains Andrew Swan, Tom Highmore, and Mitch Maguire, with Sam Martyn, Lucas Meline, and Mitch Hardie rounding out the 2019 cohort.
“The 2019 player leadership group represents a diverse group of players that individually bring outstanding leadership qualities to the table,” said Canberra’s General Manager of Football Shaun Young.
With the appointment of Tom Highmore and Mitch Maguire as the club's new vice-captains, Young said the duo demonstrated outstanding characteristics that made them the standout candidates for the positions.
“Quite unanimously, it was determined that both Tom and Mitch would each bring a unique lens and purpose to the role and as such, we felt it right to make the appointment."
"It’s a new direction we’re heading in with the structure, but one I believe will strongly benefit our young playing group."
With the appointment of the pair into the roles, Highmore and Maguire join Andrew Swan as Canberra’s vice-captains for the upcoming NEAFL season.
“It was pretty strongly felt across the board that both Tom and Mitch were the perfect pair to take this club into the future alongside Andrew and Aaron,” Young said.
“In recent seasons we have focused really heavily on cultivating leadership amongst our group and we have done a huge amount of work investing in our younger players.”
“In addition to the group, we have a number of experienced and senior players that will continue working with our younger players as they forge their NEAFL careers and further their football aspirations.”
Former Adelaide Crow Sam Martyn, who will be sidelined for the next six weeks with a hamstring injury, has been a member of the leadership group alongside Mitch Hardie since 2018 while midfielder Lucas Meline joins the group for the first time.