She’s been a stalwart of the Crows’ AFLW side since its inception, but Stevie-Lee Thompson was still “humbled” by her leadership appointment. 

The 41-game and two-time premiership player was named as part of Adelaide’s leadership group on Monday, joining captain Chelsea Randall and teammates Eloise Jones and Sarah Allan. 

But the Darwin product said she never saw the title coming.

“There are a lot of leaders in our squad and I thought they would probably get it,” Thompson told the media on Monday. 

“A lot of the girls have said that I belong in this area and stuff like that but it means the world… they actually see that I can help this Club for the future and for this year.

“I can’t really put it into words.”

Although honoured by the appointment, Thompson said her focus would continue to be making the Crows AFLW side the best it could be.  

“It doesn’t matter about the title… I’ll still do exactly the same out on the footy field and at training,” she said. 

The forward-line weapon said she’d never rule out future captaincy - but believed the Club had its best possible fit at the helm for 2022. 

“To be honest with you, we have a really good captain here (Chelsea Randall),” Thompson said, standing next to the Crows leader. 

“But without a doubt, if that opportunity was there and that’s what the girls decided to vote on I’d definitely take it up - and any other girl that would be in the squad that got captaincy would take it on.”

The 2022 AFLW season will kick off in January.