Shannon Byrnes. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
AS MYSTERY remains over whether co-captain Jack Trengove will be fit for round one, the Demons have revealed that experienced recruits Shannon Byrnes and Chris Dawes have won instant elevation into the leadership group.
The Demons have announced a nine-man leadership party after extensive input from coaches, players and staff.
Trengove, battling a foot stress fracture, and Jack Grimes are again co-captains, while Nathan Jones is vice-captain. The tough onballer was the best and fairest last season.
Byrnes, the small forward from Geelong, and Dawes, a key forward from Collingwood, have impressed with their professionalism since joining the club during the trade period. Young midfielder Jordie McKenzie has also joined the leadership group.
James Frawley, Mitch Clark and Colin Garland retain their senior roles.
Ruckman Mark Jamar lost his spot while Clint Bartram, also in the group last season, has retired.
Trengove was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot before Christmas and is aiming to be fit in time for the home-and-away season opener against Port Adelaide.
However, he has said on the club website he is unsure when he will be back. ''They [doctors] say initially that it's a three-month [injury] until you're back fully playing, but it's different for every case,'' he said.
''I'm not sure how mine's reacted since the time off, but hopefully I might even sneak in a game before round one. It's hard to say at this point.''