The Casey Demons have locked in their VFLW leadership group, with Samantha Johnson announced as captain for the 2021 season.
Johnson will lead the Demons after recently crossing from St Kilda as an AFLW listed player.
The former Saint has not put a foot wrong since arriving at Casey Fields and her natural leadership style has made her a favourite amongst the playing group.
VFLW Coach Peter Mercoulia had nothing but high regard and praise for the newly appointed captain.
“’Sammie’ (Johnson) is super impressive. She has naturally created relationships with the players over time, with leadership just coming naturally to her,” he told Melbourne Media.
“Sammie’s training ethic and standards are something to be admired, and she will lead the club and really bring a hard edge to the role, which is something we needed coming from eighth position.
“Players like Sammie really set the standards, aiming for the highest level of achievement possible.”
Johnson’s deputy in leading the club is former Collingwood VFLW premiership co-captain, Grace Buchan.
“Grace came to our club with unbelievable leadership qualities. To be a premiership captain at any club is a great achievement, and certainly gives her plenty of credentials,” Mercoulia said.
“Having Grace there for Sammie will be great, as she will be able to mentor and teach along the way whilst letting Sammie continue to develop as the club’s captain.
“We’re very fortunate to have both girls as our captain and vice-captain, as we bring a new culture of winning, through hard work and dedication to the game.”
The selection process was voted on by everyone, players and staff, within the organisation on a two-vote and one-vote preferred system.
Both Johnson and Buchan will not go it alone with another four players to be added to the leadership group before the season commences.