Status quo for Cats

January 19, 2024 10:00 am in by
Patrick Dangerfield will remain as captain of Geelong. (Marcel Berens/Sports Media)

Patrick Dangerfield will remain captain, and Tom Stewart will again be his deputy as Geelong maintains a streamlined leadership setup for 2024.

The Cats confirmed on Thursday that it would continue with two official leaders this year after shifting away from the bigger groups of up to eight players that had dominated the previous decade.

Dangerfield is entering his 17th season since debuting with Adelaide while attending Geelong’s Oberon High School in 2008.

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The 33-year-old (he turns 34 on April 5) played 154 games in eight seasons with the Crows before his highly-publicised move to the Cats at the end of 2015.

The 2016 Brownlow medallist and three-time Carji Greeves medallist has played 167 games for the Cats for a career total of 321.

Stewart signed a three-year contract extension before Christmas and has played 148 games since debuting as a 24-year-old in 2017.

The South Barwon, who turns 31 on the eve of the Round 1 clash with St Kilda on March 16, looms as Dangerfield’s successor.