Inaugural co-captains Phil Davis and Callan Ward are no longer part of the group but are expected to provide support to the six men charged with leading GWS into a new era.
Greene’s presence is a major vote of confidence from the club in the 26-year-old goalsneak, who was the subject of two separate allegations of eye-gouging during last year’s finals series.
Despite being hated by most opposition fans, Greene has long been regarded as a ‘spiritual leader’ internally at the Giants. His new responsibility certifies that reputation.
The elevation of Cameron, meanwhile, is another positive sign that the off-contract star is likely to stay in Sydney’s west.
Cameron will become a free agent at the end of the 2020 season and is certain to be flooded with rich offers from Victorian clubs – but if this is any indication of his future intentions, the Giants will feel very comfortable about what lies ahead on the recruitment front.
Whitfield pledged his long-term future to the Giants by signing a seven-year contract late last year. Cameron and dashing half-back Zac Williams are the only top-tier names coming off contract.
Williams and Cameron have been offered deals, and both have spoken glowingly, and repeatedly, about their love for the club and desire to see out their careers in orange and charcoal.
If both sign on, the days of GWS having their most important players picked off by interstate teams may be over.
“The whole playing group has been through a thorough process alongside our leadership consultant Cooper Cronk to settle on this group and we’re delighted to have Jeremy, Lachie and Toby join the leadership group for 2020,” new GWS head of football Jason McCartney said.
“All three players have been instrumental to the growth of the Giants in recent years and a spot in the official leadership group is well deserved.
“We’re very fortunate at the Giants to have some outstanding leaders and I’m really confident in the mix of players that will be supporting Stephen as on-field leaders.
“To have this group supported by Callan Ward and Phil Davis, who’ve led the club brilliantly since inception, has us in a really strong position for the upcoming season.”
Vince is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.