Dumped ... Karmichael Hunt is no longer part of the Gold Coast Suns leadership group. Photo: Getty Images
BRISBANE: Code-hopper Karmichael Hunt is among three players who have been dumped under the Gold Coast Suns' new-look leadership structure for the 2013 AFL season.
Inaugural Suns skipper Gary Ablett will keep the reins for the third straight season while Nathan Bock and Michael Rischitelli have retained their vice-captain and deputy vice-captain roles respectively.
But last year's leadership group members Hunt, Zac Smith and David Swallow will take a step back.
However, Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft said every player's leadership skills would be groomed under their new-look structure.
Ashcroft said the Suns would develop their leadership program this season in a partnership with sports consultancy business Bluestone Edge.
"Our initial leadership groups have set the framework for our club and that included identifying what the players wanted to stand for, their values and expectations," he said.
"As the majority of our players transition into their third season, and now understand what it takes to play and prepare at the highest level, we have challenged them to take the next step on the leadership front."
Meanwhile, Suns forward Liam Patrick is expected to be sidelined for two to four weeks after injuring his hamstring at training on Thursday.