Stratton unveiled as new Hawks skipper

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Hawthorn have named triple AFL premiership defender Ben Stratton as their new captain with Jack Gunston to function his deputy.

Stratton was endorsed by his teammates and coaches in an open vote to interchange Jarryd Roughead, getting the nod forward of fellow contenders Isaac Smith and Liam Shiels.

Smith and Shiels, who served as vice-captains underneath Roughead, will each serve within the Hawks’ management group together with new additions Ben McEvoy and Jaeger O’Meara.

Stratton has performed 169 video games for the Hawks and was a part of their premiership triumphs in 2013-15.

The 29-year-old missed a lot of the 2017 marketing campaign with a knee harm however performed a key position in serving to the Hawks return to the finals final season.

“Titles should not one thing that I’ve centered on in my profession, nevertheless it’s a particular feeling to know you’ve been backed in by your teammates and the membership,” he stated.

“We’ve been blessed with so many nice leaders over my time on the Hawks and I’ve been in a position to study a lot from every of them.

“I’m fortunate to have a extremely skilled management group round me and I’m excited to get caught into season 2019 and see what we will obtain.”

Roughead stepped down because the Hawks’ captain final November after two years within the position and won’t serve within the management group this season.

The important thing ahead, who missed the 2016 season as he battled pores and skin most cancers, struggled to seek out type final 12 months.

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