Lance Franklin may be the AFL's $10 million man, but his status as one of the game's superstars has not been good enough to secure the captaincy of Australia's indigenous international rules side.
Franklin had been expected to be a joint skipper for the two-Test series, starting on Sunday morning (AEDT), but that changed from the moment the team arrived without the new Sydney forward.
While teammates have settled in Ireland since Sunday evening (Australian time), Franklin was not due to arrive until the early hours of Thursday, just hours before the team will leave Dublin for Cavan, where the series opener is held.
Instead, North Melbourne star Daniel Wells has been made captain, with retired Melbourne small forward Aaron Davey his deputy.
''I am extremely proud. I didn't really expect it, to be honest,'' Wells said.
''I probably thought Aaron [would get the captaincy].''
A ''choked up'' Davey said it was an honour to share the title with one of his great mates.
''I remember when I first came to Melbourne and me and Wellsy were pretty much inseparable. We just forged a great relationship,'' he said.
''To be able to assist him and help him with the captaincy duties as vice-captain is probably the highlight of my career.
''This a rare event, obviously being the second indigenous team to tour overseas. It's a special feeling. To come over here and represent our people in something that we do best in, play footy, is amazing.''
Wells said he had no concerns about Franklin's late arrival.
''He is obviously a professional,'' he said, ''so we look forward to getting him over here. We actually haven't seen him kick the ball yet but we know what kind of player he is.''
Davey said the team had increasingly adjusted to the round ball, having initially been concerned that several teammates had attempted to kick it as if it was a Sherrin.