Western Crows Captain Jay Johnson will once again lead the side for the 2021 AFL New Zealand Premiership after it was announced this morning.
The Crows finished runner up in 2020 behind the Southern Saints, but overall produced another strong season.
The Premiers lost a number of key players in 2020 but found some talent through the draft.
“Ronan Morling was one of the standouts this season, we picked him up in the draft and he had a consistent debut season.”
Jay and Matt Cawley (Head Coach) will be hoping to retain their experienced players for 2021. Shane Leat, Te Kopa Tipene-Thomas, Jay Green and Sam Anderson all play key roles in the side and are the foundation on which they build their list.
The 28 year old has been a pivotal squad member for the Crows over the past five seasons with his endurance running, smooth ball skills and calm demeanour make him stand out in every game.
Johnson has been named in every Premiership ‘Team of the Year’ since the competition’s inception and his long list of accolades include the competitions Best and Fairest winner in 2018 and was the Crow’s Best and Fairest in 2016.
First representing New Zealand in 2011, Jay was introduced to the game by former AFL New Zealand representative and current New Zealand Sevens All Blacks team member, Sam Dickson.