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Tigers confirm 2014 leadership group

Cotchin on 2014 leadership group Richmond captain Trent Cotchin chats to Roar Vision about the make-up of the 2014 playing leadership group.
Trent Cotchin of the Tigers celebrates a goal after the half time siren during the 2013 1st Elimination Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the MCG, Melbourne on September 08, 2013. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)
Trent Cotchin of the Tigers celebrates a goal after the half time siren during the 2013 1st Elimination Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the MCG, Melbourne on September 08, 2013. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)

Richmond has announced its playing leadership structure for the 2014, with Trent Cotchin to continue in the role of captain.

The Tigers have decided on a smaller leadership group than in previous years, with Brett Deledio reinstated as vice-captain.

Defender Troy Chaplin has been voted into the group, alongside Daniel Jackson and Ivan Maric.

“Given the improved maturity of the team, we believe a five-player leadership group is a sufficient representation of the playing list,” said Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

"We are proud of the way Trent embraced the captaincy in his first year, and we’re confident he will continue to be a strong leader on and off the field, along with Brett as vice-captain.

“Troy Chaplin’s inclusion in the leadership group highlights the impact he has had on the group in a short period of time, and is a reflection of his strong character, and qualities as a person, which were things we identified when we recruited him to the Club.

“We want to develop a culture that encourages every player on the list to be a leader in some way, and our challenge as a football club is to help them do that.”