Darcy Fogarty is one of the new additions to Adelaide's leadership group, (Photo:Daniel Cohen)

A larger leadership group has been installed at the Adelaide Crows, ahead of the 2024 season, which boasts three vice-captains and four new additions.

In a sign of the group’s look to a youthful and exciting playing group, the Crows have announced an expanded leadership group which is led by captain Jordan Dawson and three vice captains in Brodie Smith, Ben Keays and Reilly O’Brien.

In a nod to the club’s young list, defenders Wayne Milera and Mitch Hinge, as well as forwards Darcy Fogarty and Lachlan Murphy, have been unveiled in the group for the first time.

Matthew Nicks, the Senior Coach, spoke about the combination of all attributes that will be demonstrated by members of the group.

“We’re fortunate to have stability in our core leaders, led of course by Jordan Dawson who was outstanding in his first season as skipper,” Nicks said.

“And our strong culture has enabled others to develop and they have done so in a significant way in recent years.

“The four new players to the group – Darcy Fogarty, Mitch Hinge, Wayne Milera and Lachie Murphy – have been standouts and bring their own skillsets and experiences to the group. We embrace that diversity in experience and thought which makes us stronger as a team.

“They’ve all had different journeys to AFL football and our Club, and know what it’s like to overcome challenges which will hold us in good stead.

“Being endorsed by their peers is a sign of the respect they have amongst our group and I’m excited for them to work together.”

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The players added to the leadership group have been cementing their place in the team the last few seasons, but have quickly become key cogs in the Crows’ offence and defence.

Having been drafted in 2017, homegrown talent 24-year-old Fogarty, has already notched up 79 games for the side. He has established himself as one of the best shots on goal in the league as well as one of the best young talents.

Moving from Victoria to chase his AFL dream, Murphy was drafted in 2017 from the Crows’ SANFL side as a rookie. Playing initially as a defender, he has played 98 games for the Crows as predominantly a pressure forward.

He finished sixth in last year’s Malcolm Blight Medal voting after playing in 22 games.

He spoke about his chance to make his mark on the group in an official capacity this season.

“I pride myself on being able to play my role for the team and being part of the leadership group shows that we celebrate guys who do that, and you don’t need to be the biggest and best player on the list to lead or help others, so it means a lot to have that responsibility,” Murphy said.

After being picked up from Brisbane in 2021, Hinge has also been a revelation, cementing himself in the team in his second season at Adelaide. Originating from the South East, Hinge has enjoyed life playing for his hometown team as a rebounding defender, he finished fourth in last year’s Malcolm Blight Medal count.

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A proud Narungga, Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk man, Milera has been one of the emerging leaders since his arrival in 2015. Hailing from South Australia, he has been a player plagued by injury but has shown resilience and persistence to play 96 games for the Crows.

He has played 96 games since being drafted in 2015 and shown great resilience in overcoming serious knee and foot injuries which sidelined him for the best part of two seasons.

Milera spoke about how his love for the club has translated into his strive to push the club towards finals.

“I love this Club and want to do everything I can to help us improve,” he said.

“Going into my ninth season, I feel like this is the next step for me and I’m passionate about helping my teammates and ultimately the team get the success we want.”

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