Moore is following in his father’s footsteps after being named captain at Collingwood
Set small text size
Set default text size
Set large text size
Collingwood defender Darcy Moore has followed in his father’s footsteps by being named the AFL club captain.
Moore, 27, was officially announced as Scott Pendlebury’s successor on Wednesday.
He is the Magpies’ 48th AFL/VFL captain, joining a list that includes his father and club great Peter, who skippered Collingwood in 1981-82.
The couple are the second father-son captains in the club’s history, after Charlie Pannam Snr (1905) and his son Alby Pannam (1945).
“It’s truly an incredible honor to have the opportunity to lead this team,” Moore said.
“Collingwood’s captain is important on its own, but he also has another layer of importance to my family and me.
“Following my father’s journey as captain of Collingwood Football Club at around the same stage of his football journey is very special.
“There is no shortage of strong and promising leaders in our group, and I look forward to working closely with those around me to ensure that we all continue to develop as leaders.
“I’m lucky to be part of a larger team and club that has so many selfless and determined individuals.”
Moore will be supported by Taylor Adams, Jeremy Howe and Brayden Maynard in a four-man leadership group.
It will be Adams’ eighth season in the squad and Howe’s sixth, while tough-guy Maynard was elevated after earning his first All-Australian nod last year.
The nominations were ratified by the Collingwood board on Tuesday evening, following a player-led process to identify leaders.
“All four players display a strong alignment with club values as well as attributes that will nurture, frame and inspire the team,” said Magpies football boss Graham Wright.
“This process has confirmed that there is no shortage of future leaders in our group.
“We are fortunate to have a number of players who will play a part in leading this team even if they don’t hold an official leadership title.”
Pendlebury resigned in December, after leading the Magpies to a club-record 206 games. The 34-year-old will continue playing in 2023.
Moore finished third in the Magpies’ Best and Fairest award last season as they reached a preliminary final in Craig McRae’s first year as coach.
Meanwhile, all-around great Darcy Cameron suffered another hamstring setback in a blow to Collingwood’s ruck stocks.
Cameron has just over six weeks to recover before the start of the season, with the Magpies facing Geelong in the first round on March 17.
Mason Cox is Collingwood’s next best ruck option after Brodie Grundy joins Melbourne off-season
Help shape the future of The Roar – take our quick survey for your chance to WIN!