GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Meghan McDonald of the Cats leads out her team during the round eight AFLW match between the Geelong Cats and the GWS Giants at GMHBA Stadium on March 20, 2021 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Geelong and Carlton have locked in their leadership groups for the new season, which is set to begin next month.

The Cats have confirmed that veteran defender Meg McDonald will retain her role as captain for the 2022 season, with Maddy Keryk also remaining in Daniel Lowther's leadership structure.

Emerging young gun Nina Morrison has been elevated to vice-captain, while Georgie Rankin, Julia Crockett-Grills and Chantel Emonson have joined Geelong's leadership group.

Brett Johnson, Geelong's head of AFLW and pathways, expressed his delight to have a bright group of players join McDonald in leading the Cats next year.

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“This group has many exceptional leaders and importantly their team mates and staff view them as true leaders,” Johnson said.

“Meg has already shown herself to be a great captain. Nina has always had excellent leadership, and as she has grown as a player this has come to the fore within our team.

“Maddy has been in a number of leadership roles throughout her AFLW career. Julia and Georgie have really developed as leaders and players since joining the club and Chantel has quickly made an impression since switching to us from Melbourne.”

Meanwhile, Blues captain Kerryn Harrington will enter a third season as Carlton's skipper, with the club confirming the 29-year-old will be the sole skipper following Katie Loynes' departure to Greater Western Sydney.

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Harrington will be supported by jet forward Darcy Vescio, who has been elevated to co-vice-captain alongside new leadership member Elise O'Dea.

The trio are set to bring plenty of differing attributes to Daniel Hardford's captaincy cohort, with O'Dea having previously been co-captain of the Demons, while Harrington and Vescio have held key roles for the Blues across the past several seasons.

“I feel privileged to be trusted in this position again and it’s not something I take lightly,” Harrington said.

"Darcy, Elise and I will work together to ensure the entire team continues to live the values of the AFLW program and strive to achieve high standards consistently.”

The Blues will begin their 2022 campaign against Collingwood on Sunday, January 9, while Geelong will face North Melbourne the day prior.

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