Gawn named Demons skipper
Three time All-Australian ruckman Max Gawn has been appointed stand alone captain of the Melbourne Football Club for 2020.
The 28 year old takes over from 2019 co-captains Nathan Jones and Jack Viney, veteran Jones stepping away from a leadership position at the end of last season while Viney assumes the role of vice-captain this year.
Gawn and Viney are the only two players in the leadership group, in a move away from larger groups seen with other AFL clubs in recent seasons.
Gawn debuted for Melbourne in 2011, and has played 120 games having won the past two Melbourne best and fairest awards.
The 208 cm big man said it was a privilege to be named captain of Melbourne.
"I'm excited to put my own stamp on this club," Gawn said.
"I don't think I'll change much. For those who know me and have seen how I operate in the last few years, I'm presuming that's why I've been voted in and that's what I'll try and stick to."
Gawn is currently nursing a knee injury sustained during the pre-season, and is doubt for his side's season opener on March 22nd against West Coast at Optus Stadium.
IMAGE: Herald Sun.