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Tom Rockliff new Brisbane Lions captain

Tom Rockliff has had a poor season despite his usually glittering form. Photo: Getty
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Tom Rockliff will captain the Brisbane Lions in the 2015 AFL season, replacing Jed Adcock.

The Lions said Rockliff was selected after a process involving payers, coaches, support staff and the club executive.

Rockliff made his first all-Australian team after a brilliant 2014 season during which he had a league-best 32.7 disposals and 9.1 tackles per game with five 40-plus disposal games.

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He was also named Brisbane’s club champion for the second time and swept the Lions’ awards night.

“To be chosen to lead a club with such a proud history and with such a great bunch of talented young players is simply awesome,” the 24-year-old said in a club statement.

“The Lions have shown an enormous amount of faith in me over the years and I want to continue to repay that by leading this group to success.

“We have something special building here, you can feel it – on the field and off it. We all know the work that needs to be done and we are on that journey together.”

Head coach Justin Leppitsch said he had been impressed by the 101-game veteran’s improvement.

“One thing with Tom, you know what you are going to get. He loves this club and he is passionate about what we are trying to do here,” Leppitsch said.

“You have seen his development as a player and as a person over recent years and he is more than ready to take on this responsibility of leading this group.”

Adcock will transition into a mentoring role for the leadership group which includes Daniel Rich, Pearce Hanley and Dayne Zorko in vice-captaincy roles.

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