It was a decision that was tough to make, and one that was deliberated on following the sudden retirement of 2012 captain Ben Hornby – but the St George Illawarra Dragons and coach Steve Price reached a decision, confirming back-rower Ben Creagh as the club's new captain.
Creagh, who is a local junior from the University of Wollongong, made his debut in the later stages of the 2003 season, with 2013 to be his 10th season playing first-grade for the Dragons.
Creagh is also a NSW Blues and Australian representative, and notched up 200 career games in the NRL last year – as he looks forward to being the new captain of the club.
â€œIt is an honour and a privilege to be handed the responsibility of leading the Dragons next season,â€ said Creagh.
â€œThis Club has a proud history with traditions that I am very respectful of and will continue to follow.
â€œI am thankful to Steve Price for this opportunity and to be here today with my senior team mates and former Club Captains is very special, and I am very thankful to them for coming here in support of me today.
â€œIt is humbling to know that my childhood dream of leading the Club h
as come true, being a local junior from the Illawarra and it is something I will cherish forever.”
A member of the 2010 premiership winning side, Creagh is a much-loved figure by Dragons fans and now one of the club's veteran players – with Dragons coach Steve Price expecting Creagh to lead from the front both on and off the field as a leader.
â€œIt is important that the new Club captain leads by example not only on the football field, but off it as well and Ben definitely fits this criteria,â€ said Price.
â€œI have known him for several years and he is a person who goes above and beyond what is required of him ,and is an inspiration for other players.
â€œI look forward to working alongside both him and the Leadership Group as we all prepare for the new season.â€
Dragons CEO Peter Doust was also pleased to have the captaincy at the club settled, citing the appointment of Ben Creagh as their new captain, as an important one.
â€œWe are all delighted by the appointment of Ben as our new Club captain and all know he will lead this Club by example,â€ said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.
â€œBen is a quality individual who always represents the Club with distinction and is a very popular choice amongst his peers and the entire Dragons staff.â€