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By ESPN Staff

Valkanis named Adelaide United captain

Defender Michael Valkanis will captain Adelaide United next season, the A-League club says.

Valkanis assumes the captaincy from Ross Aloisi, discarded by the Reds after his ignominious performance in Adelaide's grand final loss to Melbourne last season.

Aloisi, who was red-carded in the 6-0 grand final defeat, has since signed with Wellington Phoenix.

Valkanis, 32, said he was honoured to be given the captaincy.

"I have been part of the club since the start and we've played finals every year, and I'm looking forward to going to the next step with this group of boys and I really believe we can do that," he said on Thursday.

Attacking midfielder Travis Dodd, 27, will be Valkanis' vice-captain.