SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Josh Kennedy of the Swans looks upfield during the First AFL Semi Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Adelaide Crows at the Sydney Cricket Ground on September 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Sydney Swans have announced midfielder Josh Kennedy as the club’s new captain.

Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack have stepped down as the side’s co-captains, but will remain in the leadership group.

Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker and Dane Rampe have been named as vice captains, while Heath Grundy and Nick Smith will remain in the leadership group.

Kennedy has compiled an impressive resumé since moving from the Hawks, winning three Sydney best and fairest awards, three All-Australian guernseys and the 2012 premiership.

The 28-year-old has also inked a contract extension, tying him to the club until the end of 2020.

“Josh is a highly-valued member of our leadership group who consistently sets high standards every week and is a significant driver of our team’s performance,” coach John Longmire said.

“There’s no doubt that his teammates feel his presence when they run onto the field with him – he’s got a rare ability to lift those around him.

“As captain, we know Josh will do a terrific job and will enjoy tremendous support from our other leaders, including Kieren and Jarrad, who have been outstanding in their roles.

“A key indicator for quality leadership is to ensure that you hand over the job in the best shape possible. Kieren and Jarrad have certainly achieved this. I would like to thank them personally for the support they have provided, and will no doubt continue to provide.

“I would also like to congratulate our new vice captains Dan, Dane and Luke on their appointments. All three lead by example with their hard work on and off the field to drive our team’s values. We know our Club’s leadership is in good hands.”

Kennedy has played 170 games with the Swans since joining the club at the end of 2009.

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