• Jason Regan

Josh Kennedy steps down as Swans skipper

Josh Kennedy has stepped down as Sydney co-captain, with Callum Mills promoted in his place to lead alongside Luke Parker and Dane Rampe.

Josh Kennedy of the Swans kicks a goal during the Round 11 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and Carlton Blues at the SCG in Sydney, Sunday, May 30, 2021. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

Kennedy was a sole captain in 2017 and 2018 before sharing the role for the past three years. But the 33-year-old, who will remain part of the club's leadership group, felt it was the right time to step aside and allow Mills to flourish.

"Josh approached me midway through last season and said, 'Millsy's ready'," Swans coach John Longmire said. 
"To identify that, foster it, and then make a selfless decision, sums up the sort of person Josh is. I know he will continue to be an important mentor."

Mills, a product of the Swans' Academy, was elevated to Sydney's leadership group during the 2018 pre-season as a 21-year-old. Now 24, Mills has played 110 games for the Swans. 

"We're here for a short time in the scheme of things and it's our duty to take that baton when it's our turn and then pass it on when the time comes – and for me that time is now," Kennedy said.

The three co-captains and Kennedy are joined by Tom Papley, Harry Cunningham and Lance Franklin in a seven-man leadership group.