Blues name top trio to lead women

New Carlton captain Brianna Davey expects the cool, calm presence of last year's skipper Lauren Arnell to help her make the transition from best and fairest winner to leader of the team.

The Blues appointed Davey to lead the team while retaining Arnell as joint vice-captain with midfielder Sarah Hosking.

Davey, who turns 23 on Saturday, said her leadership strengths come to the fore on gameday so it was good to know the experienced Arnell, 30, would be there as a sounding board as she developed in the role.

"I know whenever I feel a little bit nervous I'll tend to hover around 'Loz'," Davey said.

"I know I will learn from Loz and continue to lean on her heading into 2018."

Davey, a former goalkeeper in the W-League, is one of AFLW's best intercept defenders and earned All-Australian selection in 2017.

Arnell said she was rapt to move into the mentoring role while Davey and Hosking are in their early 20s.

Carlton will be under scrutiny in 2018 after trading in big names, Tayla Harris from the Brisbane Lions, and Nicola Stevens from Collingwood.

Davey said the duo had slotted in well and the group was united ahead of the challenge.

Another addition will be Hosking's twin sister, Jess, who missed the first season after suffering an ACL injury.

Sarah joked that she will be looking after Jess as she returns from the long layoff when the team kicks off their season with a practice match against the Western Bulldogs in Ballarat on January 20.

"She's had a rough trot leading up to this point and I am just excited to see her out there and play alongside her and see what she can do for us," Hocking said.

She said the Blues were more aware of what needed to be done this season as opposed to last season when the competition was new.

"There is a really good urgency around the group to get out there," Hosking said.

"We know how to hit that track little bit harder and the key areas we need to focus on as a group."

Hopes are high for the Blues, which open the AFLW season against Collingwood at Ikon Park on Friday February 2, but the new skipper Davey played it smart when asked to rate Carlton's premiership chances in 2018.

"It's probably a bit early," Davey said with a laugh.

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