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Whitnall confirmed as Blues captain
Blues forward Lance Whitnall has been announced as Carlton's new captain for 2007, the club confirmed today.
Whitnall beat Nick Stevens for the role left vacant by veteran Anthony Koutoufides, according to a press statement released on Carlton's club website.
27-year-old Whitnall debuted for the club aged 17, and has since gone on to make 201 appearances for the Blues.
Whitnall won the Blues' 2006 best and fairest award but was recently fined by the club for being out late at a Ballarat nightclub
He said he has put the incident behind him.
"Obviously I'm a little bit disappointed about the incident that happened this week, but I'm over that and moving on to a pretty exciting season," he said.
"I have a good season to look forward to with a lot of young kids that are really going to step up."
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