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Benalla footballer to captain representative team

Benalla Saints player Nick Mellington has been selected as captain of the Murray Bushrangers this season.

March 26, 2014 4:16am

Benalla footballer Nick Mellington says he could not have asked for anything more than being named captain of the Murray Bushrangers alongside his Saints teammate.

The 17-year-old was announced as captain of the TAC Cup side at the club’s season launch on Friday night, with fellow Benalla footballer Caleb Marchbank named vice-captain.

Mellington was selected to head a six-player leadership group, voted by the club’s players and coaching staff.

‘‘I can’t wait to get into the season having Caleb next to me to share things with and run ideas by. I couldn’t have asked for more,’’ Mellington said.

The Benalla P-12 College student is the younger brother of 2010 AFL draftee Josh. He captained the Bushrangers’ under-16 team two years ago and played 14 TAC Cup games as a bottom-age player last season.

Mellington said he was shocked by the privilege bestowed upon him, but was looking forward to developing as a leader.

‘‘I want to first of all lead with my actions and that comes with training and things away from the club; to try to be the best I can be and set an example, and when guys need advice or anything like that, for me to be one of the blokes that they’re keen to talk to,’’ he said.

‘‘This is my third year in the Bushies —I was lucky enough to play two years ago and last year — and I just really want to play finals footy with the Bushies.

‘‘(To play finals) it takes me improving and the team as well, team morale, and everyone getting along and having a good vibe around the club.’’

For full story see this week’s Ensign.

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