Blues co-captain loved 2020 campaign

12 May 2020 20:15:57 GMTPlus10

Katie Loynes has revelled in her new role as Carlton co-captain.

The 34-year-old midfielder had a busy year, balancing her duties as the team's recruiting manager with being skipper alongside Kerryn Harrington.

She played in all seven games for the Blues, of which they won six including their last outing when they beat Brisbane by 29 points in the semi-finals.

Loynes was voted into Carlton's new-look leadership group along with Harrington, Alison Downie, Nicola Stevens and Sarah Hosking.

She has been a big success since being recruited with the Blues' 14th selection at the 2016 draft.

Making her debut in the club and the league's inaugural AFLW match against Collingwood at Ikon Park, she quickly established herself in the team and was joint winner of Carlton's best and fairest award in 2018, along with Breann Moody.

Loynes almost won it all with the Blues in 2019, reaching the Grand Final against Adelaide at Adelaide Oval but seeing the Crows win by 45 points.

She was delighted to get the nod as co-captain and worked tirelessly with Harrington to form a connection.

"We just compliment each other so well in terms of that role," said Loynes. "I remember speaking to 'Harf' (coach Daniel Harford) about it, saying I would really like to share it with 'Kez'.

"This year was actually easy; I thought there would have been dramatic pressure, but we just worked so well together and it was really enjoyable. I honestly think that it was one of the most enjoyable seasons that I've had playing footy."

Loynes admits she's coming towards the end of her career but is determined to be as competitive as possible until her last game.

"In the first two seasons, I was just so thankful to be back out there playing footy that I played each time like it was my last," she said. "Even going into next season ... I suppose that's what I'm going to do again because I know the end is near.

"I definitely will be playing each game next year like it's my last."

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