MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - JULY 13: Katie Brennan poses during the announcement of the final AFL Women's Exhibition Match with the Western Bulldogs to host Melbourne at Whitten Oval on July 13, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs marquee player Katie Brennan has been named as the club captain for the inaugural AFL Women’s competition.

The 23-year-old forward has been representing the club during exhibition matches since 2013, she was signed as a marquee player in July 2016.

Joining her in the leadership group for 2017 are Ellie Blackburn, Nicole Callinan and Hannah Scott.

Western Bulldogs Coach Paul Groves said he was pleased the playing group chose Brennan to lead the club.

“Katie is an outstanding individual to have around the football Club, Groves said.

“Her work ethic is second to none, and her pride in the jumper is inspiring to the group.”

“We’re all embarking on this historic journey together and it’s a credit to Katie that her teammates have chosen her as the one they want to lead them.”

The Bulldogs play their first match against Fremantle at Whitten Oval this Saturday night.