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Geary 'proud' to be endorsed as skipper again

Press conference: Jarryn Geary (6/2) Jarryn Geary spoke to the media today after announcing the Saints' 2018 leadership group from RSEA Park. (Tuesday 6 February, 2018)
The actual title of captain doesn’t sit too comfortably with me.
Jarryn Geary

St Kilda skipper Jarryn Geary doesn’t think he will ever be comfortable with the captaincy title, but is proud to be voted into the role by his teammates for the second year in a row.

The 29-year-old will lead a five-man leadership group in 2018 that includes Jack Steven, Dylan Roberton, Jack Newnes and reigning Trevor Barker Award winner Seb Ross.

After being selected with pick No. 58 in the 2006 Rookie Draft – the fifth last pick that year – Geary has risen from the bottom of the pile to establish himself as one of the premier small defenders in the land.

“I’m very humbled,” Geary told reporters after arriving at RSEA Park in a helicopter with St Kilda’s four other leaders for 2018.

“The actual title of captain doesn’t sit too comfortably with me. But what I am really comfortable with is the fact the playing group really backs me in and wants me to lead them out every week.

“I’m not sure being an AFL captain will ever sit comfortably with me, when there have been so many guys before me who have been such great players. But the fact the playing group has endorsed me in this position is something I’m really proud of.”

After taking over the responsibility from the club’s longest-serving captain, Nick Riewoldt, at the start of last year, Geary says he has adapted to the role and is more comfortable with the position 12 months on.

“I think you learn a lot. Early days I probably overthought things a little bit,” he said.

“I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on how things went last year and there are certainly some areas I can grow in and certainly things I’ll look to improve in.

“But I’m a lot more comfortable now than I was this time last year.”