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Brock McLean back as a Demons leader

By Sam Lienert 30/01/2009 02:35:24 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne midfielder Brock McLean is back in the AFL club's leadership group after being stood down last year for disciplinary reasons.

The talented 22-year-old is one of six players named to lead last year's wooden spooners, the group to be headed by James McDonald who had already been confirmed as the club's new captain.

Cameron Bruce is vice-captain, with Brad Green, Brad Miller and Brent Moloney the others included.

All have had at least some experience at being part of the club's leadership group previously.

McLean was initially included last season, but was then stood down in the pre-season after getting in trouble for several driving infringements.

Moloney joined the group midway through last year, but played only one game in that role before having his season ended by injury.

The selection process involved each Demons player listing their five preferred candidates in order, with the match committee also giving their input.

Coach Dean Bailey said the six players chosen had been standouts since the club's pre-season began on October 13.

"The leadership group faced quite a few challenges in 2008 and I have no doubt they have learnt from these and are now better equipped leaders because of this," Bailey said.

"We are also fortunate to have some experienced players who have not currently been named in the leadership group - players like Aaron Davey, Paul Wheatley and Jared Rivers.

"Their knowledge and guidance around the club is invaluable, and although they would have been disappointed to miss out, I'm sure they will continue to set the standard and strive to make the leadership group as it continues to evolve."

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