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Merrett backs Heppell to lead Dons in AFL

  • Merrett backs Heppell to lead Dons in AFL

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 31: Zach Merrett of the Bombers kicks the ball during the round 19 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Essendon Bombers at Adelaide Oval on July 31, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Essendon have handed the captaincy to 20-year-old Zach Merrett for Sunday's AFL clash with Gold Coast.

Brendon Goddard, who is leading the Bombers this year after 12 players including Jobe Watson were given doping bans, will miss the home game because of a groin injury.

Midfielder Merrett will become one of the youngest captains in VFL-AFL history.

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