Sydney star Tom Papley is back in the Swans leadership group two years after wanting out of the club

Tom Papley is back in the Sydney leadership group two years after trying to get to Carlton, reaffirming his commitment and value to the Swans.

Dual best-and fairest Jake Lloyd has also been added to Sydney‘s monster eight-man group which includes star forward Lance Franklin.

Josh Kennedy, Dane Rampe and Luke Parker will continue in a three-man co-captaincy role with defender harry Cunningham also included in the group. Callum Mills rounds out the eight man leadership team

Papley, 24,asked for a trade to Carlton after the 2019 season, despite being contracted until 2023.

He wanted to make the move for personal reasons, but recommitted to staying at the Swans last year and said he wants to be a “sounding board” for young players at the club.

“I’ve come a long way with my leadership,” Papley said.

“I think I have a good relationship with everyone in the playing group and can be a sounding board for the younger players, so that’s where I like to think my leadership qualities are.”

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Cunningham, named the Swans’ best clubman last year, is in the leadership group for the first time.

“I pride myself on being a team man and selfless so it’s great to be able to hear that from teammates,“ Cunningham said.

“I will continue to learn off the great leaders and the captains we have at the moment.”

Kennedy, who has held a captaincy role since 2017, said it was a “tremendous honour” to lead the club once again in what could be the 32-year-old’s final year in the AFL.

“It’s a really exciting new chapter for the club – there are a lot of new faces and I’m excited to see what we can do this year,” Kennedy said.

“The captaincy is something I will again take with both hands and I’m really looking forward to the challenge alongside Dane and Luke.

“I’ve learned so many things from those two in terms of leadership, how to prepare and play, and about mindset – I could talk all day about the impact they have had on me.”

Originally published asPapley and Sydney back in love again

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