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Bulldogs finalise 2015 leadership group

Beveridge reveals new leaders BulldogsTV speaks exlusively to Senior Coach Luke Beveridge to reveal the four additions to the Club's leadership group, to support captain Robert Murphy
Jordan Roughead poses for a photograph during the Western Bulldogs 2015 team photo day at Whitten Oval, Melbourne on January 16 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Jordan Roughead poses for a photograph during the Western Bulldogs 2015 team photo day at Whitten Oval, Melbourne on January 16 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs have finalised their leadership group for the 2015 season, with defender Jordan Roughead named as the Club’s Vice-Captain.

The 24-year-old is joined by veterans Dale Morris and Matthew Boyd as well as midfielder Tom Liberatore in a peer-voted, coach approved five-man leadership group.

Morris and Boyd, with over 430 games of experience between them add some valuable experience to support newly appointed Captain Bob Murphy, and Liberatore enters the group as the youngest member at 22-years of age.

Senior Coach Luke Beveridge said Roughead was a standout choice to assume the vice captaincy and is held in high regard at the Club for his leadership abilities and professional behaviours.

“He’s (Roughead) a really respected young man, he’s been at the club for a number of years now,” Beveridge said.

“It’s a great sign that our younger players are progressing, they’re maturing.”

Roughead said he felt honoured to be voted in as Vice-Captain and that he was up for the challenge to help guide a motivated and talented group of players.

“I am humbled to be given the opportunity and great responsibility to support Bob to best lead my teammates back up the ladder,” Roughead said.

“With the inclusion of Matthew Boyd, Dale Morris and Tom Liberatore we feel the group represents a great mix of experience and valuable leadership capabilities.”

Roughead, recruited to the Bulldogs in the 2008 NAB AFL Draft at pick number 31, has played 72 games since debuting in 2010.