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Duo share Falcons captaincy
Duo share Falcons' captaincy

Premiers West Perth have chosen co-captains to replace long-serving skipper Jason Salecic.

Former Dockers midfielder Jay van Berlo and defender Luke Tedesco will share the leadership responsibilities this season.

They have been elevated to the role following the retirement of 29-year-old Salecic, who called time on his career after winning his second WAFL premiership.

Salecic played 212 games and captained the club for six seasons. Falcons coach Bill Monaghan said they had opted for co-captains given the role's off-field demands.

"If you look at a club like Sydney, they've had multiple captains for a number of years and large leadership groups," he said.

"You're either into large leadership groups or you're not and I'm about spreading the load.

"It's also to keep the balance right off the field. Jay and Luke have both got professional careers (away from football)."

Van Berlo has played 77 league matches with West Perth to go with 32 appearances for Fremantle, while Tedesco is a 102-game premiership player.

The Falcons have paid Swan Districts the $20,000 transfer fee for Sandover medallist Andrew Krakouer, despite the high- profile recruit choosing work in the Pilbara.

"We'll keep him on our list," Monaghan said.

Krakouer has agreed to still carry out some work with young indigenous people in the district in co-operation with West Perth.