Maxwell reappointed as Magpies skipper

Collingwood has announced Nick Maxwell as its captain for the 2013 season, with Scott Pendlebury his vice-captain and Dayne Beams elevated to the leadership group for the first time.

Maxwell will lead the Magpies for the fifth season, while Beams and Luke Ball will be deputy vice-captains.

Coach Nathan Buckley said the Magpies favoured a four-man leadership panel over a larger group because the quartet were the clear standouts when it came to votes made by the playing group.

Buckley said Beams’ elevation was a "fantastic vindication" of the effort the midfielder had made in improving his game to win the club’s best-and-fairest award last year.

He said Collingwood opted for a smaller leadership group than most clubs because the four members stood out among their teammates as the players ‘‘that the group looked up to and wanted to follow’’.

‘‘This is our leadership group. Clearly there are players who will lead and are of influence that aren’t standing here,’’ Buckley said.

‘‘One captain is not going to make an entire leadership panel and neither will four, really. We need each of our players to be leading in their own way and understanding their influence on the rest of our playing group.’’

Buckley said Ball had had a big influence on the Magpies since joining the club three years ago, even though a serious knee injury restricted him to three games last year.

‘‘There’s never been any question about the example Bally sets and you don’t need to be on the field to do that,’’ he said.

‘‘What people see at the MCG or when we play on the weekend is the tip of the iceberg. There’s plenty of work that goes on behind that. All of these guys cannot be questioned with the way they go about their football. They set a great, positive example to every member of the playing group and they’re passionate about what they do.’’

Maxwell said it was a great honour to captain Collingwood and admitted the players’ next challenge was meeting the standards they set in their premiership year of 2010.

‘‘The next challenge is making sure that we get everyone back to that level and of course (overseeing) the development of the next lot of leaders,’’ he said.

Collingwood announced its leadership appointments on Tuesday at Melbourne Airport to coincide with a photo shoot for major sponsor Emirates.

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