Michael Boyce will become the first player in the AFL New Zealand Premiership to Captain a side for four consecutive seasons after he was announced as the leader of the Saints for the 2019 competition.
After a remarkable season in 2017 when they won the Premiership winning eight out of their nine games, the Saints struggled to gain momentum in 2018.
A slugglish start to the season meant that the Saints were playing catch up from week 1.
“After a very up and down 2018 season we will be looking to play with a lot more consistency and a refreshed team culture.”
They found form towards at the back end of the season and will hope to carry that confidence into 2019.
“Every year this competition steps up a notch and with the introduction of a grand final, the coming season will be no exception!”
“I feel privileged to captain this team and want nothing more than for the Saints to lift that Premiership cup once again!”
Boyce has a quality AFL career within New Zealand, Representing New Zealand at the 2014 and 2017 International Cup as well as campaigns against South Pacific and AFL Academy.
Michael’s association with New Zealand teams can be traced back to junior age groups more than a decade ago.
A Grand Final victory with the Mt Roskill Saints in 2013 alongside an AAFL Best and Fairest medal, add to his list of achievements in the game.
His new found love for Crossfit will set a solid foundation for the season ahead and has a message for his squad members.
“To the 2019 Saints squad; Train insane or remain the same”