Josh Prudden will once again lead the Footscray Bulldogs in 2020, after being announced as captain for the second consecutive season.
Prudden, who managed to take the group to the semi-finals last year, was thankful for the opportunity to lead again.
“To have ‘Gia’ (Daniel Giansiracusa) as coach and the trust of the boys – it’s pretty special,” he said.
“We’ve got a few older boys who will help me out during the season, but overall we’ve got a pretty young group so it’ll be a good challenge.”
The 25-year-old will be supported by reigning best-and-fairest winner Anthony Scott, who has been elevated to vice-captain following a stellar debut season.
“(Anthony’s) been a great addition – he joined our leadership group half-way through last year and obviously had a really good season,” Prudden said.
“It’s going to be handy having him as vice-captain.”
Scott joined the ‘Scray from Old Trinity in the VAFA, and said he felt honoured to be named vice-captain.
“I’m very humbled by the decision from ‘Gia’ and the coaches who made the call – to be recognised as vice-captain is special,” Scott said.
“This club has had a lot of success in its history, and some good players have come through here as well, so it’s a great honour.”
Coach Daniel Giansiracusa has all the confidence that Prudden and Scott are the right people to lead his side, both on and off the field.
“It was a no-brainer to elect Josh as skipper again – he was outstanding last year and is everything you need in a captain,” Giansiracusa said.
“Anthony is a little bit different to Josh – Josh is probably quieter – but his performance speaks volumes with regards to what he can put out there on the park.
“He stepped up again in the leadership forum, so again it was another no-brainer to have him support Josh.
“They’ll work really well as a partnership throughout the year.”