The Western Bulldogs have welcomed club favourite Tom Liberatore back into its leadership group for the 2024 season, nine years on from his last role.

Liberatore is one of three new faces who will support fifth-year skipper Marcus Bontempelli, with Liam Jones and Ed Richards also joining.

The 31-year-old has been named as vice-captain, with duo Aaron Naughton and Caleb Daniel continuing their leadership group duties as deputy vice-captains for the season ahead.

Veteran defender Taylor Duryea has also retained his place in the captaincy contingent, while 2023 vice-captain Jack Macrae won't hold an official leadership role.

In a club announcement, Liberatore said it was a privilege to be voted into the role by his peers along with further consultation from the club's football department heads.

“I'm really honoured to be voted into a leadership position by my teammates and it's something I won't take for granted,” the father-son Bulldog said.

“I love representing this footy club every week and have always tried to lead on-field by my actions. I'll continue to do everything I can to help this team succeed both on and off the field.

“We've already got a great group of leaders led by Marcus and I can't wait to contribute in any way I can this season.”

Aaron Naughton, Tom Liberatore and Marcus Bontempelli during the 2022 AFL Round 1 match between Melbourne and Western Bulldogs (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

Liberatore first earned a leadership group position in 2015 but did not continue in his position beyond that year.

Entering his 15th season in the blue, white and red, Liberatore will add to his 216 career games for the club.

The Bulldogs' 2024 campaign kicks off with a Round 1 clash against Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday, March 17.