Collingwood to make call on AFLW captain

Roger Vaughan

Shock Collingwood recruit Bri Davey could take over from Steph Chiocci as their AFLW captain.

While new coach Steve Symonds has sung Chiocci's praises as skipper, he has made it clear the position is open and that Davey is also a strong candidate.

Another possible option is that Chiocci and Davey are co-captains, with the players to vote before Christmas.

Chiocci has been Magpies captain since the inaugural 2017 AFLW season, while Davey held the role for the last two years at Carlton and was skipper for the Blues' grand final loss to Adelaide.

Davey then stunned the league in April when she asked for a trade to Collingwood.

The Magpies have underperformed in the AFLW and only won one game last season.

"I've been pretty open and transparent with the group - even for playing positions, we're all at the starting line at the same time," Symonds said.

"We've drawn a line in the sand about where we are.

"Steph has great leadership qualities that we all recognise ... but again, the players will have a say on that. Our coaching group and the board will all have a stay towards that."

Symonds added that Chiocci has indicated to him that she wants to be captain again.

"She thinks she has elements of her leadership that she wants to improve," he said.

Davey also looks certain to have a formal leadership role at her new club.

"They're two really strong (captaincy) candidates, there's no doubt," Symonds said.

"Bri obviously has leadership qualities, there's no doubt about that.

"So whether she's in a leadership role or not, she'll still bring those elements to the team."

Symonds coached Norwood to an SANFL women's premiership and brings a strong reputation to the Magpies.

"We've tweaked a lot of the program, there's some pretty key element changes," he said.

"The way we're training is changing as well, our game style will change.

"We'll probably play a fairly upbeat style.

"We've gone through and had a really good view about what's happened in the past and the elements and experience I've brought in from certain areas."

The Magpies started pre-season training on Monday night and will have a camp before Christmas.

"We've kept it a bit secret ... they've been asking too many questions," Symonds said of the camp location.

"We've just locked them in for dates and times."