Hawthorn veteran big man Ben McEvoy will captain the team this season, replacing retired Ben Stratton as the 37th captain in the club’s rich history.
After what has been described as a “robust” internal process, McEvoy was selected as the skipper, with star midfielder Jaeger O’Meara to be his deputy as vice-captain.
Young pistol James Worpel is a new addition to the club’s management group, which is complemented by Liam Shiels, Jack Gunston and 2018 Brownlow medalist Tom Mitchell.
After joining Hawthorn through the trade spell at the end of the 2013 season, McEvoy played in 131 games for the club, including a key role on the premier teams of 2014 and 2015.
“To be elected by my teammates and to receive the support of the club is an honor,” McEvoy told reporters on Friday after being named captain.
“My wife Nicky and my children Angus, Moira and Clancy have all been hugged by Hawthorn and I am delighted to take on this challenge with my family by my side.
“This club has given me a lot over the years, and I see it as a great opportunity to give back and play my part in ensuring that we continue to make the Hawthorn family proud.
“The entire squad of players intend to make amends for our disappointing 2020 campaign and this has been reflected in the energy and intensity on the training track.”
“We have a fantastic mix of young people and experience in our ranks and this management group reflects that,” Hawks CEO Justin Reeves said in a club statement.
“Ben is one of those people who are universally admired both inside and outside the walls of Aubépine. He is a salt of the earth, a father with strong values and we know that he will set a fantastic example by leading from the front.
“Ben is loved by everyone at the club, including our members, and exemplifies what it’s like to be a hawthorn person.
“Everyone at the club is proud to have Ben McEvoy as a leader.”