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Butler named Shepparton United's new captain

Multiple premiership-winning defender Ryan Butler has been chosen to lead Shepparton United in this year's GVFL campaign.

HANNAH DRISCOLL February 26, 2014 4:35am

Dual Shepparton United premiership defender Ryan Butler has been named the Demons’ new captain for the the upcoming season.

Butler, who also won four premierships with Nathalia, was selected as skipper by the coaches after the club’s training camp at Dookie College campus at the weekend.

Co-coach Tim Looby said Butler was ‘‘a pretty obvious replacement’’ to take over from retiring skipper Sam Dawes.

‘‘He’s a complete team man and obviously everyone who’s seen him play, he’s courageous and tough and he’s a popular part of our team, so it’s a pretty obvious choice for a replacement for Sam,’’ Looby said.

Butler, 27, said he was ‘‘humbled and happy’’ to be captain of the club.

‘‘Obviously it’s a great honour ... so hopefully this year’s another great year for the club and hopefully we can go one better than last year,’’ he said.

Butler had been a member of the Demons’ leadership group the last few years, but said it would also be easier taking over from Dawes with Looby also on the field.

‘‘I daresay probably a little bit easier coming in now the way it is set out, Tim is going to be basically right beside me,’’ Butler said.

‘‘He is my coach, but said to me he also wants me to be a captain, not take a backwards step and let him do all the work. I’m definitely going to be out there giving it my all.

‘‘I’m one of those players already, you always hear me out on the footy field, so hopefully it comes naturally to me.’’

Butler said the young group coming through was exciting and he hoped to take the likes of Murray Bushranger graduate Matt Brett ‘‘under his wing’’ as he spends more time in the backline.

‘‘We had our training camp on the weekend and all the signs are very positive at the moment,’’ Butler said.

‘‘The new recruits there are going to be big-name players, so it’s very exciting.

‘‘The young group coming though are just as exciting.

‘‘They’re very talented players, so I daresay we’ll be right up there amongst it again.’’

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