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Aussie Rules: Steele to lead St Kilda in 2022

St Kilda have confirmed Jack Steele will skipper the side on his own in 2022 following defender Jarryn Geary's decision to stand down as co-captain.

St Kilda are priced at 6/4 to finish in the top eight of the AFL and play finals in 2022 and Steele now has the sole responsibility of trying to guide them there.

Geary steps aside

Veteran Geary had shared the responsibility with Steele but last week announced that he would step away from the role after giving the decision plenty of thought.

Geary will stay in a leadership role working alongside Callum Wilkie, while Tim Membrey and Dougal Howard will take the role of co-vice-captains.

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It means Steele will take on the role as captain and he spoke of his delight after being voted in on Friday.

Proud moment

"I'm incredibly proud to be voted in as captain – it means the world to me," Steele said. "I love this footy club and I couldn't feel more honoured to hold this position.

"Holding the role by myself this year will be a challenge, but one I feel I'm ready to face thanks to the support of so many great people around me, especially Jarryn.

"Jarryn has been a massive influence on me since I walked into the club and his guidance and support has been invaluable these past few years. I wouldn't be standing where I am today if it wasn't for him, and I look forward to learning more from him and others throughout the year."

The sole role is nothing new to Steele, who led the Saints solo on 19 occasions in 2021 after Geary was ruled out through injury, so he knows what he is letting himself in for.

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