ADAM Sewell will captain Central Highlands Football League out of the interleague wilderness.
The Newlyn joint-coach has been named as skipper of the squad, which was trimmed to 29 by coaching staff on Wednesday night.
Final selections will be carried out next week ahead of the Highlanders’ clash with Ellinbank and District FL at Nar Nar Goon on Saturday, May 26.
Sewell said he was “extremely honoured” when asked to take on the role in his first year back in the competition.
The midfielder played in the Cats’ 2003 senior premiership before embarking on a six-year stint with the Ballarat Swans, which also netted a flag in 2008.
He returned to his home club at the start of this season, and has lifted the senior side to four wins from the opening five rounds.
Sewell, an interleague player with the Ballarat Football League, said he was excited to be part of the Central Highlands’ first senior representative match since 1997.
“You’re playing with some of the best guys in the league and playing against some of the best guys in other leagues. It’s a challenge to step up that extra level from club footy,” Sewell said.
This weekend is the last chance for players to impress interleague coaching staff ahead of final selection.
The squad will train on Sunday at St Patrick’s College, next Tuesday at Dunnstown before the last hit-out at Wallace on Thursday.