GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 12: Patrick Dangerfield poses during a Geelong Cats AFL press conference at Simonds Stadium on October 12, 2015 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Star recruit Patrick Dangerfield has had an immediate impact at the Cats, earning him a spot in Geelong’s leadership group for 2016.

Joel Selwood will captain the side for a fifth consecutive year, while vice-captain Harry Taylor and forward Tom Hawkins have retained their places in the leadership team.

Mitch Duncan and Carji Greeves medalist Mark Blicavs join the group as new additions, as well as former Adelaide star Dangerfield.

New group member Mark Blicavs said that Dangerfield’s leadership qualities have already been evident in the pre-season.

“He’s had a massive impact. Right from the get go, you’d understand if Patty wanted to take a step back, (after) being a leader in Adelaide, and just see how it all works, but straight away, he didn’t impose himself in a negative way or anything, he was just talking about his experiences and through the midfield group (saying) ‘maybe we should do this, maybe we should look to that’,” Blicavs said.

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“He’s been working really hard with (Nakia) Cockatoo. So straight away he’s been unbelievable and his knowledge of the game is really good.

“He’s very calm when he talks to people and organises things, you can just see he’s very switched on and the game makes sense in his head really quickly.”

Dangerfield was part of Adelaide’s leadership group in 2015, in his eighth and final season with the Crows, in which he won his first Malcom Blight Medal.