Former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon believes it’s time for Hawthorn skipper Jarryd Roughead to hand the leadership role on and focus on his footy.
Lyon believes Roughead has nothing to prove to anyone as a leader at the Hawks and needs to remove the captaincy burden to devote all his time to the latter stage of his playing career.
“I think it would be great if he handed (the captaincy) on,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“I think it would be great for him. I don’t think Roughead needs to prove to anyone that he is, was and always will be a great leader of that footy club.
“He’s getting to the stage where he needs to devote all his time to being able to play a level that means Alastair Clarkson just picks him to play every single week.”
Former Essendon captain Tim Watson said the process of taking the captaincy off a player rarely goes smoothly.
“There’s a reluctance at football clubs to hand over captaincy and we know that, despite what clubs say,” Watson said.
Lyon agreed, saying that very thing is what makes those leaders suited to the role in the first place.
“I think it’s what makes them good leaders in the first place, because they want the responsibility,” he said.
“To have that, to say I think I’m the best person for it, but then to have to make the decision that removes you from that is hard.
“I think that’s changing though, Marc Murphy did it. He’s a classic case of a player, like Roughead, who doesn’t have to prove his leadership to anyone and has got to focus on his footy.
“Is there a natural leader at Hawthorn who’s the next natural leader, we know Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty are terrific at Carlton.”
Isaac Smith and Liam Shiels serve as vice-captains at the Hawks, with Ben Stratton and Jack Gunston also in the leadership group.