Strategy Who Captains the club in 2021?

Who takes over captaincy in 2021?

  • JOM

    Votes: 42 28.6%
  • Tom

    Votes: 8 5.4%
  • Gunston

    Votes: 92 62.6%
  • Other - please comment

    Votes: 5 3.4%

  • Total voters
    147

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rei154

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Gunston looks like he wants it the most at the moment. I think it can be Gunner's with the aim of eventually handing off to Sic, or it'll be JOM. I feel like he's the kind of bloke who would thrive under the pressure of it (loves the limelight)
 

Roger Rogerson

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Today was a pretty clear indication that Gunners is our best on field leader.

But we haven't picked our last 2 captain's based on this.

JOM just ain't that good. Hasn't shown a high ceiling at all at Hawthorn so not sold on him. Hasn't shown he has that extra level.

Tom Mitchell was the next in line pre injury so if he has a good preseason he is the best chance. Would feel more comfortable with him than JOM. would be fine with Gunners too.
 

Kaity

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I feel like I saw an interview with ,, JOM? .. someone? that pointed to the offfield influence that stratton had on him...
i think we put too much emphasis on on-field but dont think about the impact a leader has 6/7 days theyre not on the field. we were fortunate to have mitchell and hodge.... but even then didnt we cruicfy mitchell after he couldnt back it up in the lime light? we need to find a mix of onfield and off-field and I am excited to think that a premiership player won't be a captain ... as that shows the impact they have. JFC just dont have co-captains and we shall be sweet.
 

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Flukey!

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Today was a pretty clear indication that Gunners is our best on field leader.

But we haven't picked our last 2 captain's based on this.

JOM just ain't that good. Hasn't shown a high ceiling at all at Hawthorn so not sold on him. Hasn't shown he has that extra level.

Tom Mitchell was the next in line pre injury so if he has a good preseason he is the best chance. Would feel more comfortable with him than JOM. would be fine with Gunners too.
You might be right, but leadership and footy skills are very different things.
I don't agree that the best player should be captain.
 

Simon Crawshay

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Don’t forget that Gunston is a big game player. Has kicked more GF goals than just about anyone in the AFL. He has shown this year he is our best and should be AA - equal second on Coleman medal.
I will be frankly disappointed if he is not made captain . He could go for 4 years too
I also agree that Gunners is our best option.

But the thing none of us knows is whether he actually wants the role?

And there is a risk of added responsibility of being captain taking away his focus on playing his absolute best footy (look at what happened with Stratton).

Of course on the flip side some players thrive on the responsibility and reach greater heights (I personally feel like Jack would rise to the challenge).

These things are impossible to ascertain from outside the club.
 

Rioli magic

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Think Gunners should have been captain two years ago. Still a good choice.

Think Mitchell might get it - ticks all the boxes. Off field Preparation , Consistency , Big game player, Durable , Speaks incredibly well, current Vice Captain...
 

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gianytee

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To me it has to be Gunston, just because I feel it needs to be a clear transition plan laid out. My big problem with Roughy & Stratton as captain it was never clear at least to me.

Always thought Lewis would be captain after Hodge (now that worked out ok as we were never giving Lewis 3 years) so Rough was an ok option but following that I always thought they planned on Shiels or Gunston then it went to Stratts.

I think Gunston is our true leader now anyways and ideally Sicily is understudy for 2 years with the 3rd as captain with Gunston helping him out.

I know JOM is a popular choice, but he is our third best mid who goes in and out of games all the time. That’s not the captain we want or need right now, however great VC though.
 

Flukey!

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Might be nothing more to this than coincidence but it was interesting that the club used JOM for the Stratton tribute video.

He also helped to carry Stratts off the field(with poppy), with Chip, McEvoy and Burger.

Gunston not involved.
And JOM did the debut presentation for Finn.
 

twentythree

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I said it before Stratts, its gotta be Big Boy hes tough no nonsense and sets a good example and being a ruckman? he's in the thick of it ... natural leader.
I remenber back to the 90s when Dunstall was skipper, great player but stuck at full forward out of the action .... Johnny Platten woulda been a better captain.
Not saying players stay in their positions these days but just sayin
 

Gohawthorn13

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Calm down farmer greg, nothing about the quality of the players... I was talking quality of captaincy and the era's that I believe will be similar.

If anything it was a compliment to JOM to carry the torch through a quiet period...
Your comment implied you weee comparing quality of player. And you can’t know what type of captain someone will be till there in the job.
 

Adelaide Hawk

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If we were selecting a captain for the next 1-2 years, then no doubt Gunston would be the man. I just wonder how important a factor it would be for the next leader to be part of the development over the next 5 years.
 

PhatHQ

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I think we need to look at a 3-4 yr tenure. Unfortunately with Sicily going down we are locking in Mitch or Jags with the latter “coached” to captain a club from the first steps in the AFL.
Our captain after the next appoint is already on our list and you could say Hardwick, Worpel, Cousins, Moore, Scrimshaw are the choices from an age perspective only. That gets these boys to 25-26 with again a 3-5 yr tenure.
It is not a coincidence that getting the captaincy wrong after Hodge has contributed to the current leadership position. Shiels looked as though he was always groomed to be captain. That trigger should have been pulled when we had the chance.
2 year caretaker Captains is a bit of a joke to be honest. Consistency and confidence in a leader is inspiring and contagious within a club. People will bang on about Hodge but Mitchell was just as good in a different way. Players followed and listened to these guys.
 

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