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Captain Burgoyne ‘still speechless’

Hawthorn champion Shaun Burgoyne has told he’s “still a bit speechless” about being named Indigenous All Stars captain, describing it as “a great honour”.

“this game means so much to all the players” – Shaun Burgoyne

All players attending this week’s AFL Players’ Indigenous Camp were asked to cast their vote to select a captain, with Burgoyne the unanimous choice.

Earlier this week, Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder told he sees Burgoyne as a great role model.

“To be around blokes like Goodesy and Shauny Burgoyne, premiership players, you take a fair bit out of the way they go about it,” Ryder said.

Burgoyne says the honour of leading the All Stars will stick with him for life.

“It’s something I’ll reflect on once I’m retired,” he said.

“Hopefully the other guys can all step up because this game means so much to all the players. Hopefully we get a big crowd to help celebrate the great week that we’ve had here.”

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