Ryan Kitto has been appointed captain of Adelaide United, filling the leadership vacancy left by departed Socceroo Craig Goodwin.
South Australian product Kitto has made 181 appearances in all competitions across two stints for the Reds.
The 29-year-old left-sided utility takes over the captaincy from Goodwin, who left the Reds earlier this month to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Wehda.
Kitto will head a leadership group that includes three vice-captains – Isaías, Joe Gauci and Ben Halloran.
“I am deeply honoured to have been named captain of Adelaide United and I can’t wait to lead the boys out onto the park this season,” Kitto said.
“I have loved this club and everything it stands for even before I made my debut, and I feel privileged every time I step out on to (home ground) Coopers Stadium.
“I am excited with the responsibility that comes with this role, and I look forward to working even closer with the playing group, staff, and fans to bring this club further success.
“We have an exciting squad for the upcoming season with a real blend of youth and experience, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone and showing what we can do.”
Reds coach Carl Veart had “no doubt” Kitto would “excel” as skipper and “inspire a new generation of players and fans”.
“Ryan has consistently demonstrated commitment to the club and his teammates, and he has never given up in any moment of his career,” Veart said.
“Ryan will not only lead the team during matches, but he will also play a critical role in fostering the team’s strong work ethic, unity, and discipline off the field.”