NORTH Ballarat Rebel Darcy Tucker is shaping up as the next great leader of men, with the young star named captain of the AFL Academy squad.
Tucker led Australia’s best young footballers against VFL side Werribee in a practice match at Simonds Stadium on Sunday. The Academy outfit finished on the wrong end of a 20.7 (127) 7.3 (45) belting.
Rebels coach David Loader described the appointment as an “enormous” honour.
“He’s our standalone captain and he’s just a great kid,” Loader said. “There’s no coincidence that this is where he is at the moment. Being the consummate professional, I think he was more focused about (how) the Rebels boys went on the weekend.”
Two other Rebels were included in the squad, with Yestin Eades and Jacob Hopper also named.