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Van Berlo stays Adelaide captain

By Kim Hagdorn
7 February 2013 11:40AM EST

SILKY smooth midfielder Nathan van Berlo has been extended as Adelaide captain into a third season.

Crows coach Brenton Sanderson confirmed his retention of the disciplined van Berlo as his skipper through a club statement on Thursday.

Sanderson, who heads into his second season as Crows coach, has constantly heralded van Berlo as a "perfect" leader on and off the field of battle.

Van Berlo, 26, will have veteran Scott Thompson as his vice-captain and brilliant play-maker Patrick Dangerfield was named deputy vice-captain.

Sanderson declare the re-appointment of the reliable van Berlo as a no-brainer.

"He's the ultimate role model for our young players and the entire squad," Sanderson said in a statement on Thursday.

Ruckman Sam Jacobs and dangerous forward Jason Porplyzia were named in Adelaide's leadership group.

Veteran defender Ben Rutten stood down from the leadership team. 

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