We rate the five best captains from the 2014 AFL season.
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5. Luke Hodge (Hawthorn)
You can’t create a list of great AFL captains without this man’s name on it.
The reigning premiership captain has had a solid if not spectacular year, but his leadership qualities are there for all to see. When the Hawks are struggling – which hasn’t been too often – Hodge is the man to step up and show the type on intensity required of a team gunning for back-to-back premierships.
Hodge also exerts a calming influence on his side and has the ability to slow down the tempo of a game when the momentum is against the Hawks.
4. Jobe Watson (Essendon)
Didn’t have the best of starts to the season, but he has been at the forefront at Essendon’s charge to the finals in the face of adversity.
With the ongoing ASADA investigation threatening to derail the Bombers’ season, Watson has galvanised a playing group that could so easily have caved into the mental pressures of constant court cases and speculation over their playing futures.
His influence on the side is evident, and when Watson plays well generally Essendon wins.