Adelaide’s senior leadership group will share match day captaincy duties while Rory Sloane recovers from season-ending knee surgery.

Brodie Smith, Tom Doedee, Ben Keays and Reilly O’Brien will each have the opportunity to lead the team on game day, starting with the game against the Western Bulldogs this weekend.

Crows Senior Coach Matthew Nicks said rotating the captaincy on game day would assist the Club in fast-tracking its leadership capability during a time when the playing group was evolving.

He added that Sloane would continue to be influential despite being unable to play.

“Rory is a fantastic leader and we are all bitterly disappointed for him that his season is over” Nicks said.

“In typical style, he is staying positive and can’t wait to attack his rehabilitation and get back.

“Sloaney has such a big presence in the locker room and around the Club generally, and while recovering he will continue to guide and help his team mates during the week.

“Come game day we will ultimately need someone to step into the captaincy role and that’s why we have a leadership group to share responsibility.”

Nicks highlighted the high regard in which Smith, Doedee, Keays and O’Brien were held among the squad, as well their positive influence.

“Each of them deserve this opportunity and will do an outstanding job, and they have the trust of their team mates,” he said.

“Everyone who pulls on the jumper also has a responsibility to do their bit and lead in their own right, and ensure we are preparing and playing at the level we expect of each other.”