Essendon caretaker captain Brendon Goddard believes Jobe Watson should resume his post as the AFL club's leader in 2017.
Goddard assumed the role this season following Watson's ban as a result of the club's supplements saga, but he said he had no plans of hanging on to the role in the future.
"If Jobe decides to come back, in my mind it's his job," Goddard told RSN927.
"I said at the start of the year it wasn't a position I wanted to be in because I knew what would have happened for me to get to this position.
"In my mind I'm just a stand-in captain and if Jobe decides to come back ... it would be his decision to make about what happens moving forward."
Goddard is unlikely to line up for the Bombers against the Gold Coast on Sunday after he suffered a minor groin injury in Essendon's 66-point loss to Geelong at the weekend.
He has undergone scans and will meet club doctor Bruce Reid on Tuesday.
"I've definitely tweaked the abductor," he said, adding he would aim to be fit for the clash with Western Bulldogs in round 22.
The off-contract 31-year-old also said he was confident a he would soon sign a new deal with the club.