Port Adelaide has appointed Tom Jonas as the club’s captain in 2020 with Ollie Wines and Hamish Hartlett vice-captains.
Tom Jonas will wear the number one guernsey, as per Port Adelaide tradition as captain of the club.
Port Adelaide chairman David Koch says the club will return to a one captain model moving forward after listening to the club’s key stakeholders.
“The fact is, the people that are most important to us – all the key stakeholders connected to the club – have spoken, and good clubs listen to their people,” Mr Koch said.
“Our people have reminded us that some icons cannot be compromised and we understand that.
“It is clear that a one captain leadership model is best for our club and what’s best for our club is ultimately what’s best for the team.”
Mr Koch congratulated the trio of Jonas, Wines and Hartlett who will form the club’s leadership group for the second year running.
“Congratulations to Tom for his appointment as captain of Port Adelaide. He has a years’ experience under his belt and has developed significantly across last season and deserves this opportunity,” he said.
“And Ollie has demonstrated his leadership skills by being completely selfless during this process and acknowledging that the club is bigger than the individual. Ollie and Hamish will continue to develop as leaders as they support Tom as captain.”
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says Jonas is ready to lead the club.
“It is clear that Tom has developed significantly across the last season and has emerged as the standout leader of our group,” Hinkley said.
“The decision was a whole of club decision and we have all seen enough of Tom to know that he has the qualities to lead Port Adelaide with distinction.”
Jonas says it’s an honour to continue as captain of Port Adelaide.
“This club has an incredible history of success with so many great on field leaders across our 150 years,” Jonas said.
“To be able to pull on the famous number one guernsey and lead our club will be a great honour that I will cherish.
“I have learnt so much over the last 12 months and I’m looking to continue to develop my leadership with the support of Ollie and Hamish, as well as learn from experienced players such as Trav, Robbie and Westy.
“Ultimately, I want to lead a team that our members and supporters connect with and are proud of.”