Danny Wise will captain Queensland and Paul Shelton will be his deputy in Saturday’s clash with Tasmania at Fankhauser Reserve.

Wednesday 9 June 2010

Gold Coast born-and-bred midfielder Danny Wise, who went agonizingly close to being drafted by Brisbane and Adelaide early in his career, will captain Queensland in the interstate clash with Tasmania at Fankhauser Reserve on Saturday.

Wise, 28, takes over from injured Morningside midfielder David Lillico after the Panthers stalwart held the job for the past four years.

Wise was informed of his appointment at training last night by State coach Jason Cotter, the man who fast-tracked his development as a teenager in the late 1990s.

The Southport captain, Wise currently heads the Syd Guildford Trophy for the best player in the QAFL competition.

He has played for Queensland each of the last four seasons following his return from a 60-game stint in the SANFL.

Wise was one of Queensland’s better players in last year’s State game in Hobart, where he collected 23 possessions and made a team-high six tackles.

His vice-captain will be Paul Shelton, another Queensland-born ace who spent time on both the Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn rookie lists without being given an opportunity at the elite level.

Shelton is in his second season back in the QAFL at home club Morningside after a stellar career with Coburg in the VFL.

He gathered 34 possessions against the Tasmanians last year and will likely form part of an explosive midfield with Wise, Darren Pfeiffer and Cameron Ilett.

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