Carlton has officially unveiled Marc Murphy as its new captain, replacing Chris Judd.
The brilliant midfielder told the press and former club leaders Mark Maclure, John Nicholls and Anthony Koutoufides at Visy Park that he was "very humbled" and honoured to be appointed.
"Obviously it somes with a lot of responsibility and I'm looking forward to it," Murphy said.
"It's an honour that I will hold dear to me for a long time."
He said he was looking forward to making his "own legacy" in the position, praising the impact of Judd, who held the role for five years after crossing from West Coast.
Murphy quietly described himself as "competitive, not vocal", leading by example, having been in the club's leadership group since his second season. He said his consistency and the fact that he is "always striving to be better" made him a worthy appointment.
Coach Mick Malthouse congratulated outgoing captain Judd for his "magnificent" contribution. He said the captaincy appointment was not about picking the best player, but the best leader.
"We expect that Marc will grow into the position and that he'll learn more about himself," the new Blues coach said.
"All of the captains that I've coached have been "we" not "I". Marc is exactly like that, and it's a trait I love.
"Our leaders are contrasting in their approach, which gives Marc a terrific springboard. He has advice available to him."
Murphy, 25, has played 142 games since his debut in 2006. He missed six games last year due to a shoulder injury, but in 2011 was named All-Australian, won his club's best and fairest award and polled 19 Brownlow Medal votes.
Veteran midfielders Kade Simpson and Andrew Carazzo were named the team's dual vice-captains.
Club preisdent Stephen Kernahan later said: "I wouldn't have batted an eyelid had Kade Simpson or Andrew Carrazzo been appointed captain. They're both great leaders."