Gun midfielder Chris Judd is set to step down as Carlton AFL skipper to concentrate on his own game.
After five years at the helm of the Blues since arriving from West Coast, the 29-year-old Judd is ready to hand over the captaincy duties.
Marc Murphy and Andrew Carrazzo have been touted as the leading candidates to lead the side.
"I think his desire would be to just concentrate on playing good footy and perhaps handing it over to somebody else," Carlton chief executive Greg Swann told SEN radio on Friday.
The Blues arrived back from their high altitude training camp on Sunday and Swann said he was yet to speak to Judd.
But Swann said he would understand if Judd elected to step down from the role.
"There's a fair bit in it ... some of the things the captain does around the club, various coterie groups and sponsors. There's a lot of time and effort in it and you've got to be up for it, and of course there's the on-field stuff," he said.
"It's a big commitment."
Swann said the club was preparing for its appearance at the grievance tribunal to challenge the AFL's ruling that Judd's $200,000-a-year third-party payment from Visy must be included in the salary cap.
"When you go from $200,000 to zero overnight something's got to give," Swann said, referring to the AFL's judgement on value of Judd's work.
"You have to provide a whole heap of information and the AFL go through it and if they're not happy with what you've done they will look and say you've probably only done $150,000 worth of work so the other 50 has got to go in the cap.
"We've done that for the last four years and never had any problem and then all of a sudden it goes from $200,000 worth of work to zero."
Swann said AFL clubs were unhappy there had been no transition period so they could adjust their salary payments.