NORTH Warrnambool Eagles officially announced its leadership group on Wednesday night.
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Tom Batten, who is recovering from two off-season hip surgeries this month, has been named captain of the Bushfield-based club.

Matthew Wines and Xavier Mills are joint vice-captains.

Josh Parkinson, Matthew Buck, Brendan Murfett and Darcy Keast are also part of the leadership group.

North president Michael Harrison said the Eagles were looking forward to the 2012 Hampden league season, despite newly appointed captain Batten being stamped on the long-term injury list.

“He’ll be a while,” Harrison said.

“He is listening to the advice of doctors and following the recovery plan they’ve set for him.

“It’s a work in progress and he’ll only come back when the time is right.”

Harrison said Batten had still attended most pre-season training sessions.

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