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Quade hands over reigns to new Tigers Captain

Ryan Quade (centre) with new Vice-Captain Brett Fruend (left) and new Captain Andrew Swan (right)

Long serving Tigers Captain Ryan Quade, a 200-game player and premiership captain, has handed over the captaincy to club favourite, Andrew Swan.

Ryan is having a stint in country NSW football with Hume League club Henty, but still calls the Tigers home. He was on hand on Thursday night to announce Andrew Swan as 2015 Captain and Brett Fruend as Vice-Captain.

22-year-old ‘Swanny’ has played around 70 first grade games. He’s a reliable swingman, or utility in older terminology, who can play forward, back or in the ruck. He’s known for his laid-back style, larrikin character and easy going nature and is a favourite amongst the playing group. But on the training track, and in games, he leads by example through his efforts to give his best on every occasion.

28-year-old ‘Fruey’ is also around the 70 first grade game mark. A dangerous small forward, he has shown in recent years his enormous talent when moving further up field where he still manages to kick goals whether playing on the wing or in the midfield. His growing confidence as a leader amongst a very young playing group is very influential.

The Tigers also announced the senior leadership group that includes: potential future captain of the club and 2014 Rising Stars Premiership player Jono Bowyer; 2014 First Grade Premiership player and key backman Alec McCormick; and lightening quick small forward Ben Fulford.

With the Tigers fielding a very young playing list in 2015 after a number of players have moved on to other opportunities, the young leadership group are an ideal fit for the club as it builds for the future.

Left to right – former captain Ryan Quade; members of the senior leadership group Jono Bowyer, Alec McCormick and Ben Fulford, and senior coach Kade Klemke

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