Essendon Bombers Training Session
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: Dyson Heppell during an Essendon Bombers AFL training session at Metricon Stadium on August 25, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Essendon has announced their new three-man leadership team for 2022, with Dyson Heppell set to captain the club once again for the sixth straight year.

Heppell will be joined by vice-captain Zach Merrett and Andrew McGrath who will serve as deputy vice-captain.

Heppell has served as Bombers captain ever since taking the reins from Jobe Watson in 2017, while Merrett will be a feature of the club's leadership group for the second year in a row. The 26-year-old has previously skippered the team, becoming the third-youngest player to captain a side in Essendon's 2016 Round 21 match against Gold Coast.

The 2021 best and fairest award winner also signed a long-term deal last season, committing him to the club until at least the end of 2027.

Former no.1 draft pick McGrath has been rewarded for his leadership efforts with a second consecutive year in the group. The 23-year-old has starred in his early career both on and off the field, with the club viewing the young gun as a long-term potential leader.

Michael Hurley, who was part of the four-man group in 2021, won't join the leadership team in 2022 as he continues to recover from a hip injury.