Stephen Coniglio, Toby Greene, and Josh Kelly will lead the GIANTS in 2022.
Toby Greene and Josh Kelly have been elevated to co-captains, alongside current captain Stephen Coniglio, to lead the GIANTS into the 2022 season.
As the GIANTS enter their 11th season in the competition, the trio will mark a new era for the club, returning to a three-captain model for the first time since 2012.
Greene and Kelly will be the club’s fifth and sixth permanent captains in the club’s history, following in the footsteps of Luke Power, Callan Ward, Phil Davis and alongside Coniglio.
The three will be supported by five players in the club’s leadership group, including Nick Haynes for the first time.
Current leadership group members Phil Davis, Matt de Boer, Lachie Whitfield and Jacob Hopper will all continue in their roles.
GIANTS General Manager of Football, Jason McCartney, congratulated the group.
“We’re really excited to have Stephen, Toby and Josh lead us into the 2022 season and beyond,” McCartney said.
“The decision was made in line with extensive feedback from the players and staff with all three clear standouts.
"We feel this is a really strong model for us moving into the future with three impressive leaders and performers who complement each other’s skills on and off the field.
“We’re also excited to have a leadership group with a variety of skills, experience and attributes to support Stephen, Toby and Josh.
“We welcome Nick to the group for the first time after he’s been informally involved in our leadership program over the recent years.”
Coniglio will lead the club for the third season after taking over from Ward and Davis at the end of 2019.
An inaugural player, Coniglio is a life member of the club, playing 156 games for the GIANTS over the past 10 years.
Greene, who was stand-in captain across much of the 2021 season, is also a foundation player of the club and is a dual All Australian and Kevin Sheedy Medal Winner.
Kelly – who committed to the club for eight more years in 2021 – won his second Kevin Sheedy Medal in 2021 after being named an All Australian in 2017.
Coniglio said he is thrilled to be endorsed as captain again.
“It’s an incredible honour to continue to lead this group,” he said.
“I’ve learned so much in the role over the past two seasons and it’s a privilege to have Toby and Josh join me as captains moving forward.
“We all have different strengths and bring different qualities to the job, but we’re all united in our drive and belief in this group to achieve the ultimate success.”
Greene spoke of his pride in being elevated to the role.
“This club has been my home since I was 18 and to be given the honour of leading the GIANTS as co-captain is huge,” he said.
“Leadership was not necessarily something I aspired to early in my career, but I’ve grown on and off the field so much over the past decade.
“I still have plenty of learning to do but I’m excited to do that alongside two of my closest mates in Stephen and Josh and do everything I can to contribute to our club’s future.”
Kelly said it was an honour.
“It’s a wonderful privilege to be recognised by my teammates and the staff as someone to help take the club forward,” he said.
“I’m a GIANT for life and my commitment to the club was always around helping us reach the ultimate success for the first time.
“I'm really excited about what we can achieve on and off the field in 2022.”
Co-captains: Stephen Coniglio, Toby Greene, Josh Kelly
Leadership group: Phil Davis, Matt de Boer, Lachie Whitfield, Jacob Hopper, Nick Haynes