Josh Kelly will serve as skipper of the Giants during the injury-enforced absence of Stephen Coniglio and Toby Greene.
"The good thing about it is his unbelievable, selfless approach over the last six or seven weeks when we've been down on numbers and he's been filling in different positions. He plays mid, he plays wing, he plays high half-forward, and yet his performances have been first-class," Giants coach Leon Cameron said of Kelly.
"That's the sort of player we're talking about and that's the sort of reason why it was an easy decision."
Stephen Coniglio will remain skipper of the Giants in 2021 while Toby Greene has been elevated to the role of vice-captain.
Phil Davis, Jacob Hopper, Lachie Whitfield, Josh Kelly and Matt de Boer round out the club's leadership group.
"It's an honour to be vice-captain of a club that I love so much and that has given me so much in my life. Leadership is something I've worked really hard on developing. It's an area I want to continue to improve in," Greene said.
"I'm really proud to support 'Cogs' as our captain. We've got a really strong group that will drive us forward in 2021."
Nine players received more than $1 million in the 2019 AFL season, with Dustin Martin and Nat Fyfe the standout earners.
It is believed Martin and Fyfe each earnt more than $1.3 million on 2019 accounts, well clear of the game's other million-dollar players headed by West Coast's Jeremy McGovern, GWS's Jeremy Cameron and Sydney's Lance Franklin.
Others in, or near, the million-dollar club include the Giants' Josh Kelly, Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury, Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield, Dog Marcus Bontempelli, Eagle Andrew Gaff, and Carlton's Patrick Cripps.
Stephen Coniglio will captain GWS in 2020 as part of a six-man leadership group.
The Giants won't have any vice-captains under Coniglio, instead entrusting Josh Kelly and Matt de Boer to support the star midfielder, along with newcomers Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene and Lachie Whitfield.
Phil Davis and Callan Ward have stepped away from the Giants' leadership group after eight seasons as co-captains of the club.
"We're very fortunate at the Giants to have some outstanding leaders and I'm really confident in the mix of players that will be supporting Stephen as on-field leaders," GWS footy boss Jason McCartney said.
Greater Western Sydney will be led by co-captains Phil Davis and Callan Ward for the eighth consecutive season as the club announced an unchanged leadership group for 2019.
Stephen Coniglio and Josh Kelly will again be vice-captains, while Matt de Boer is the final member of the group.
"What that process demonstrated for us is that we have a number of outstanding leaders at our club both in official leadership positions as well as across our entire playing group," Giants football manager Wayne Campbell said.
Giants coach Leon Cameron says conversations on a new contract between Greater Western Sydney and Josh Kelly, who enters the final year of his contract in 2019, are progressing much more quickly than two years ago.
"We feel as though we're in a really good space. I think it's going to start heating up," Cameron said.
"It's like anything, you're finding the right balance between club and player and manager, but I would have to say we're in a really good position in terms of just having that really good dialogue."
Matt de Boer's remarkable career renaissance after being elevated into a new-look leadership group at Greater Western Sydney.
The Giants will again be led by co-captains Callan Ward and Phil Davis, who continue in the role for the seventh straight year, with vice-captain Stephen Coniglio joined by star midfielder Josh Kelly as a deputy.
All Australian Dylan Shiel was voted into the group again, but opted to step away from his leadership duties, while veteran defender Heath Shaw also made way.
Josh Kelly caps off an outstanding 2017 season, taking home the Kevin Sheedy Medal as the Giants' 2017 Club Champion.
Kelly finished 26 ahead of co-captain and 2012 Kevin Sheedy Medallist Callan Ward on 172 votes. Fellow co-captain Phil Davis (153 votes), 2017 Virgin Australia All Australian Dylan Shiel (152 votes) and running machine Tom Scully (137 votes) rounded out the top five.
“There’s no doubt Josh took his game to a new level this year playing a variety of roles and playing with a high level of consistency," Giants coach Leon Cameron said.
“He was part of our leadership group for the first time this year and everyone at the Giants admires his dedication to the club and playing group."
Dylan Shiel says Giants teammate Josh Kelly's decision about his future will be between family and team-success.
"Of course, people are going to look at it and go, 'Well, Josh is facing a money dilemma; whether he comes home for a lot of money or he stays for still a lot of money', in terms of what the general public are used to," Shiel said.
"But it's more than just a dollar decision for players.
"He's got an opportunity to move back home with his family and be with his friends and be around his natural home surroundings, so it's an incredibly difficult decision to make."
Josh Kelly racks up a career-high 38 disposals in the Giants' 16-point win over Essendon.
Essendon coach John Worsfold defended his decision not to tag Josh Kelly, despite the star Giant carving the Bombers up at Spotless Stadium.
"At half-time we addressed the volume of his possession, but it was a pretty even game and we tried to get a little bit tighter on him in the second half, while still wanting to generate our ball going forward," Worsfold said.
"He's a very good player. We weren't prepared to just put a straight stopper on him, but certainly (they) were accountable for him."
GWS believes the scrutiny on Josh Kelly's future is actually benefiting his performances on the field.
"We hope the scrutiny increases, because he just seems to be playing better and better footy under it, but we'd certainty like his signature sometime this year," GWS football manager Wayne Campbell said.
"He's handling it really well, he's showing why other clubs are interested, because he's a really good kid and a really fine footballer."
GWS coach says he is confident a deal with Josh Kelly will get done soon.
"He really likes the place, he's bought into our footy club, he's in our leadership group, he's playing really good footy, he's very popular (here), and he wants to stay," Cameron said of Kelly.
"He's very grounded and a very relaxed sort of lad, he knows there'll be a fair bit of kerfuffle about it, but he'll deal with it and hopefully we can get it done and dusted over the next couple of weeks, or month or so."
Josh Kelly is out of contract at the end of 2017 but he's been given an indication of how highly he's regarded at Greater Western Sydney after being named captain for this week's opening round of the JLT Community Series.
"My management and the club are working through that, but at the moment to be honest, my focus is on footy, and getting a kick through the JLT Community Series in preparation for round one," he said.
"Skippering this week is what my focus is on at the moment.
"It's very humbling and extremely exciting, I'm just hanging to get out there and lead our young group on the weekend.
"It's something I've been working on, with my leadership I've always felt like I've led by example, but being a bit more vocal and instructive out on the field is an area I've been working on, and this will be a good chance to do that."
Extra weight and tips from two of the best midfielders of recent times are turning GWS Giants youngster Josh Kelly into a midfield force in the AFL.
Just short of the halfway stage of the campaign, 21-year-old Kelly is on track to record career-best season tallies in the most significant categories for a midfielder.
"I've been a pretty light frame over the last couple of years and I think when I came to the club I was about 73(kg), so it's been a fair change," Kelly said.
"Over the pre-season I've just tried to put a bit of weight on because my goal is to eventually be an inside and outside midfielder, so I've been working on my contested ball, a few things around stoppages.
"I've been doing that with Lenny Hayes and Luke Power, just a few of the tricks they used to use when they were playing."
GWS coach Leon Cameron says he is confident youngster Josh Kelly can back up his excellent debut season last year with another strong year in 2015.
"His first year exceeded expectation from myself and the coaching group. We always knew he had an enormous amount of ability, he showed that in his under-18 year and as a junior. But he's just got great balance, composure, and he makes really good decisions," Cameron said.
"He played mostly outside last year, [on the] wing and half-forward, but eventually I can clearly see he's going to be able to play inside as well.
"The second year is always tough, because the opposition know about you now, but with the pre-season that he's had, we're really confident he can have a good impact this year."