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Aussie Rules: Macrae named Dogs vice-captain

The Western Bulldogs have elevated Jack Macrae to the role of vice-captain after tweaking their leadership group for the 2022 AFL campaign.

The Bulldogs are out to make up for the 2021 grand final loss against Melbourne by winning the flag this season and are priced at 6/1 to go all the way.

Leadership shake-up

Coach Luke Beveridge has decided to stick with Marcus Bontempelli as captain for a third season but he will now be joined by Macrae who will work alongside him as vice-captain.

Mitch Wallis has been left out of the leadership group for this season after making just six appearances in 2021 and Macrae will replace him.

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Macrae had another outstanding season in 2021 when he was named an All-Australian for the third straight year while he was also named as the best player in the finals series.

Caleb Daniel, Taylor Duryea and key forward Aaron Naughton will make up the five-man leadership group and Beveridge says Macrae fully deserves his place among it.

"We're thrilled for Jack to step into the role of vice-captain," Beveridge told reporters. "He is a person who is selfless in his actions, expects high standards of himself and those around him, and has developed the respect and admiration of his teammates."

Macrae honoured

Macrae is about to embark on his 10th AFL season with the Bulldogs, winning the 2016 premiership along the way, and says it will be an honour to take up a leadership role for the first time.

"It honestly means the world to me," the 27-year-old added. "It's such a privilege every week to pull on this jumper and play with our group.

"To be in this position, it's certainly not lost on me. I am really excited about what this group can do over the next few years and beyond.

"I can't wait to work with Marcus and the other leaders in building what we have started."

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