New Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has challenged his playing list to step up and lighten the load on captain Chris Judd.
The three-time premiership coach with West Coast and Collingwood addressed the entire playing group for the first time at the club's first official pre-season training session at Visy Park on Monday, and has yet to determine which players will make up the new leadership group.
Dual Brownlow Medallist Judd is yet to announce whether he plans to stay on as skipper and will do so at the Blues' pre-season camp in Arizona, which starts on November 9.
Malthouse likened the club's reliance on Judd to that of then-captain Nathan Buckley's influence at Collingwood when he arrived at the club as coach in 2000.
"To relieve the pressure on him (Buckley) he needed to see other people stand up around him and I see the same when I see Chris Judd," Malthouse said.
"I don't think one side has ever gone too far relying on one player.
"Coming to Carlton the last few days and a couple of times in the last few weeks I don't think it's at all one player (as Buckley at Collingwood)."
Malthouse highlighted the influence on the group of midfielder Andrew Carrazzo as a major positive from his first few weeks around the club and said he saw plenty of potential leaders in the wings.
"I see this guy here (Carrazzo), he is highly respected in the leadership group," he said.
"I know there are players, Andrew is one of them who has been around for a long time and understands (the leadership situation).
"Outside I saw him (Carrazzo) as a great tagger but coming here I see how players respond to him."
Malthouse ran through his notoriously hard-line stance on team rules before insisting the club would take more a communal approach to the leadership group and invited any player harbouring ambitions to lead the club to make it known in due course.
"We haven't got a leadership group per se because that's going to be elected. But the player group that I've seen and the encouragement I've seen in the last few hours has been great to see.
"This will be a great opportunity when we're away to determine who I believe, well, who the players first of all believe should be in the leadership group."
Malthouse echoed his plans to instil a defence-first approach at the club and said that would be the primary focus throughout the off-season.
"I still think to this day the best defensive side does win the premiership."
"The game plan will be based on that and around that, and the playing group I think will grab it and run with it based on what I've seen so far.
"The belief factor will come in the early games, whether the players embrace the rules and regulation ...
"I like regimentation, people like to be led or have a group that like to lead.
"Let's not get caught up with last year, we want to build on last year. I don't think any two coaches have the same game plan but it's important to trust your own and I trust mine."
The 59-year-old said it was too early to make crunch decisions and insisted the Arizona training camp would be a playing ground for information sharing and bonding rather than a fitness slog-fest.Ex-Demon Brad Green will be part of the travelling party and is set to become a first-time assistant coach with the Blues next year.