Ex-Hawk throws support behind soft-spoken leader for club captaincy

SEN - Tue, 8th Jan 2019 - 0 Comments

Former Hawthorn forward Brendan Whitecross has thrown his support behind Ben Stratton for the club’s vacant captaincy position.

Whitecross expects it to be a tough decision to make, but feels Stratton has what it takes for the job.

“It’s going to be hard because they’ve got quite a few sticking their hands up for the leadership selection,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“The club’s going to be in a tough position trying to work out who it’ll be.

“For me, he doesn’t say a lot, but when he talks, everyone listens and it has a bit impact and that’s Ben Stratton.

“I think he’s a good chance to be given the role.

“He’s a quieter type, but his impact on field everyone knows, but as I said, when he speaks everybody listens.”

Whitecross, who’s now working at North Melbourne as a development coach, also threw up a “left-field” choice.

“One left-field for mine is Ben McEvoy, he’s just got a really good grasp on AFL footy, understands his role and where the club’s at,” he said.

“He’s got a really good connection with everyone at the club, both playing and admin.

“He’d be a really good left-field contender.”

Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead stood down from the role at the end of last year to focus on his footy.

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