Departing Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has taken to Instagram to post a heartfelt message to his successor - Jarryd Roughead.
Hodge also took the opportunity to thank Hawks fans for their support over his journey.
Here is what the caption read:
Captaining Hawthorn has been an absolute honour and privilege.
I feel lucky to have held the title for the past six years but believe it is the perfect time for Rough to take the reins.
I couldn't think of a more well rounded bloke to lead this club into the future and I’m rapt I’ll be around to support him in the role.
I would like to thank every member of the brown and gold army for embracing me as your captain.
It’s been a hell of a ride and although I won’t have the title this year, rest assured I’ll be working as hard as ever to bring success to our footy club.