It’s taken just three seasons with the Colac Tigers for young defender Jack Melican to earn the role of senior football captain.
The Tigers announced Melican, 24, would head a young leadership group set to lead the club during the 2019 Geelong Football League season.
New vice-captain and former AFL footballer Tom Simpkin, 28, is the most-experienced player in the group, that also includes his younger brother Lachie Simpkin, Adam Garner, Tyler Murnane and Luke Hillman, all in their early 20s.
Colac co-coach Kane Leersen said Melican, who was in the leadership group last season, was a deserving player to take the reins from veteran ruckman Lochie Veale.
Melican crossed to the Colac Tigers after leading Birregurra to a Colac district league premiership as captain in 2016 at just 22 years of age.
“It’s a great honour for Jack, and well deserved,” Leersen said.
“It’s been a natural development for him, he leads from the front on the field, he drives a high standard, his voice and communication is second to none,” he said.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.