Nick Dal Santo believes the Demons should stick with Jack Viney as captain for the time being, despite talk that Max Gawn is the best person for the role.
Viney will take over as sole captain in 2020, with Nathan Jones set to stand down from the role after six seasons.
“No (it’s not the right time for Gawn). Jack Viney is the captain of Melbourne, he’s had some challenges, but I’m okay with that,” Dal Santo told SEN Breakfast.
“Everything you hear about Jack Viney, I don’t know him personally, but the way he plays his football and the way he leads that football club, he had injuries and I understand all of that.
“Max Gawn is no less a player or has no less standing in that football club if he has the ‘C’ or no ‘C’ next to his name.
“He could be the best leader at that football club, but not the captain. I’m okay with that.”
Gawn told SEN’s Bob and Andy yesterday that he would want the role one day, but his support is right behind Viney.
“It is a job I’d love to do. I don’t think anyone would shy away from captaincy and I certainly wouldn’t. It’s the oldest club in the land and I’d love to do it,” Gawn said.
“At the moment we have a captain who is one of the best young leaders in the competition so I’m pretty happy where I am at the moment and I know Jack would like to improve on a few things himself, but he is the captain and a great young leader.”
Dal Santo praised Gawn for his attitude towards the situation.
“I loved hearing what Max said yesterday, that he has the desire to one day have that title next to his name, but I don’t think it’s the making of Max Gawn. He is already a premium ruckman and that’s perfectly fine. Just be there to support Viney,” he said.