MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Max Gawn of the Demons high fives fans after winning the round 11 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Star ruckman Max Gawn has been announced as Melbourne’s new captain for 2020.

The 28-year old will be supported by vice-captain Jack Viney as the Demons opt to have a sole captain for the first time since 2016.

Melbourne general manager of football Josh Mahoney told Melbourne Media Gawn was primed for the extra responsibility.

“Max has developed as a leader, particularly over the past three seasons, with his training and playing standards going to another level in recent years and we are pleased to announce him as captain,” Mahoney said.

“We are in the very fortunate position to have two standout leaders at the football club in Max Gawn and Jack Viney, who were voted on unanimously by both players and staff.

“Jack is a natural leader in his own right and has been appointed as vice-captain. He will give his all for the club with his passion and determination, and be a great support for Max.

The Demons will not have a formal leadership this year and just run with a captain and vice-captain.

“This year we have limited our formal leadership titles to just captain and vice-captain,” he said.

“We will not be appointing a formal leadership group. We see our growth coming from the increased leadership of all players who will take on a shared leadership responsibility.”