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Aussie Rules: Cripps to skipper Carlton

Carlton have confirmed Patrick Cripps will skipper the club in the 2022 AFL campaign and will be supported by vice-captains Sam Walsh and Jacob Weitering,

The Blues are priced at 2/1 to make the top eight and play finals and believe they have got the ideal leadership group to take them there.

Going solo

Cripps had been co-captain alongside Sam Docherty but will now go it alone after his teammate stepped away from the role as he focuses on his recovery from testicular cancer.

Cripps will have plenty of support from Walsh and Weitering though and Carlton believe they have a solid leadership group as they head into a new era under new coach Michael Voss.

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Voss is delighted with the decision and believes a bright future is on the horizon.

Bright future

"Our club has complete belief that Patrick, Jacob and Sam will drive the team that we are striving to be this season," Voss said.

"Since arriving at the Club, I have seen first-hand the incredible passion Patrick has to bring team success to this football club. Equally, both Jacob and Sam set the standards for work-rate and professionalism and have earned the opportunity to lead as co-vice captains.

"A strong culture is centred around great leadership, we certainly have that in these three players who have a terrific understanding of what is required to drive standards at the elite level.

"I have no doubt as this group builds its connection with one another with the more time we spend together, the responsibility of leadership will be shared right across the board – which we have already started to see great signs of."

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