KANGAROO FLAT will have joint captains in the Bendigo Football League this year, with Tim Brooks and Luke Lougoon stepping up to lead the Roos.
They take over from former skipper Tyson Mihocek, who has moved on.
“They are both local players who have been loyal to the footy club,” Kangaroo Flat coach Jason Stevens said on Thursday.
“They are progressing well with their footy and are only going to get better.
“They have a high ceiling and lead by example on the training track and on game day, while they are also really good leaders off the field as well.
“The two of them together will form a very good combination.”
While Brooks and Lougoon are the co-captains, the Roos have also appointed Ross Turner, Nick Lang, Jaryd Wiegard and Dylan Clohesy to the leadership group in what is the club’s 150th anniversary season.
“All of our leaders are aware that the honour of being selected to the leadership group does not guarantee them selection,” Stevens said.
“Our senior leadership group, like all of our players, will need to meet standards in order to play senior football.”
The Roos also announced this week that gun onballer Mitch Hough, who has joined the Bendigo Gold, will be aligned with them.
Hough played the past two years with the Roos.
“Mitch made a decision to have a crack at VFL football in October. VFL is the second highest standard of football in the country and if a player wants to test their ability at that level coaches have to support them,” Stevens said.
“I would love to have Mitch for 18 games in 2014, but I have to respect his decision to challenge himself and play VFL football.
“I expect Mitch to be available for three or four of our games in 2014, maybe more pending injury rehabilitation and form.
“Mitch’s leadership and experience will be really beneficial for our younger midfielders. Mitch was one of the best midfielders in the BFL last year.
“We want quality players to be affiliated with our club and Mitch is certainly a quality footballer.”
The Roos also have midfielder Billy White returning from Darwin to play with the club.
“Billy is a Kangaroo Flat person, he has family ties to our club and I am really happy to know he will be back in 2014,” Stevens said.
“Billy will play a mix of midfield and forward for us in 2014 and I know his ferocious attack on the contest will help our team.”