Shannon Hurn has been appointed the tenth captain of the West Coast Eagles after the retirement of full-back Darren Glass during the 2014 season.
Hurn, 27, debuted for the club in 2006 and has played 152 games en route to becoming the first South Australian to captain the club.
Best known for his booming right boot, Hurn has proved an invaluable asset for the Eagles' defence thanks to his smart reading of the play and outstanding disposal by foot, and he believes his play style will not be changed by the added responsibility.
"To be perfectly honest it won't change me a lot," Hurn said.
"All of the senior players have looked to provide some direction and blokes like JK (Josh Kennedy), Scooter (Scott Selwood), Pridda (Matt Priddis), Eric (MacKenzie) and Lecca (Mark LeCras) will continue to do that.
"It's an exciting time for our football and we want to be part of drive towards success."
After Glass's retirement midway through the 2014 season, West Coast trialled a number of players as captain for the remaining matches including Hurn, defender MacKenzie, Brownlow Medallist Priddis and forward Kennedy.
Coach Adam Simpson said the squad were in no doubt as to who should take over the reigns after the trial period.
"The players had a vote and it was pretty clear they thought Shannon should get the job," Simpson said.
"After Glassy retired we were really impressed with the way all of the boys accepted the responsibility of the captaincy.
"One of the key things as captain is that you have to play well and they all did that.
Kennedy and midfielder Selwood have been named vice-captains.
"With JK and Scooter as vice-captains, there is terrific support around Shannon, but everyone on the list has a leadership role to play in one form or another," Simpson said.
The Eagles narrowly missed out on the 2014 finals, finishing in ninth place, but will be hoping to push into the top eight in 2015 under second-year coach Simpson and Hurn.
Past Eagles captains include former premiership coach John Worsfold, premiership captain Chris Judd, former Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna and Brownlow Medallist Ben Cousins.