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Candidates for the Suns' AFL captaincy

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Ed Jackson

THE FRONTRUNNERS TO REPLACE GARY ABLETT AS SUNS' CAPTAIN:

TOM LYNCH (Age: 24. Games: 102)

A two-time club champion, All-Australian and genuine superstar, Lynch is the clear favourite for the captaincy. He's young, a proven talent and has already led the club during Ablett's injury-enforced absences.

STEVEN MAY (Age: 24. Games: 88)

Combative, clever and aggressive, May is a lead-by-example defender. Has already led the team in Ablett's absence but occasional discipline lapses put him behind Lynch in the pecking order.

DAVID SWALLOW (Age: 24. Games: 84)

Swallow has been a part of the club's leadership group for several seasons. A definite contender for the role but the midfielder is only just coming back from a run of injuries the past two years. Seems more likely he'll be left to regather his fitness and confidence than be handed the captaincy.

JARROD HARBROW (Age: 28. Games: 184)

The Suns' quiet achiever, Harbrow is a popular player throughout the playing group. Already a leadership figure for the club and the community's young Indigenous athletes, Harbrow is unlikely to pip Lynch or May to the captaincy but will be in Eade's thoughts.

MICHAEL RISCHITELLI (Age: 30. Games: 211)

Behind Ablett, no-one has played more AFL games at the Suns than Rischitelli. Already a part of the club's leadership group, the former Brisbane Lion is a trusty lieutenant but it's unclear if he'd be seen as standalone captaincy material. Age probably also counts against him.

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