AFL 2 years ago

Why Dyson Heppell should captain the Bombers in 2016

  • Why Dyson Heppell should captain the Bombers in 2016

Let me get this out in the open straight away and say that Jobe Watson has done an outstanding job as the Essendon captain in what has been the toughest time the club has suffered through in its near on 120 year history. 

But why should Dyson Heppell lead the Bombers into next season and beyond? Here's why.

Heppell has not put a foot wrong since making his debut for the Bombers in 2011 against the Western Bulldogs, in where in earned a NAB Rising Star nomination. He's barely played a bad game of football since, not to mention not missing many games also. 

The dread-locked, blonde hair midfielder has leadership written all over him and he will one day become the Essendon captain eventually, but 2016 is the year it should happen in this writer's opinion.

Watson has endured a really tough time, through no fault of his own, being the face of the football club, through the ASADA and WADA investigation. 

The strain on Watson began to really shine through in 2015, with Watson admitting that he wasn't enjoying his football as much as he would like and it even got to a point that Watson was considering retirement due to that strain.

My view is that Dyson Heppell should become captain of the Bombers in 2016 and beyond, because it will allow Watson to forget those "captaincy duties" and be free to just play football again. And there would be no better mentor for Heppell than Jobe himself. 

Heppell is ready to take on this role and I personally believe that it will benefit both of them as Jobe Watson is able to go into the new season, fresh, with no leadership responsibilities on his shoulders, while Heppell will thrive under a leadership role.

Whether the club does it or not is another question, but in the best interest of both players, I believe this is the way the club should go. 

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