Some teams opt to change captains frequently, whilst others persist with the same one for long periods of time – with the New Zealand Warriors handing fan favourite and back-rower Simon Mannering the captaincy, for a fourth successive year.
At this current rate, Mannering is on track to become the club’s longest serving captain, with Warriors coach Matthew Elliott saying the decision was the ‘logical choice’.
â€œSimonâ€™s an absolutely logical choice for the job,â€ said Elliott.
â€œHeâ€™s mutually respected and admired by all the players and staff for the quality he brings to our club as a leader and a player. Heâ€™s a person of strong character and a wonderful work ethic.
â€œIt was always my intention that the announcement would be made close to us beginning our trials (the first is against Gold Coast on February 9).
â€œThere was no need to rush it. It was all about working through a full process and making an informed decision for the right reasons. Weâ€™ve all had time together to reach this point.â€
It was back in 2009 when Mannering first became captain of the club at just 23, as the back-rower is excited to continue his role as captain.
â€œIt was a massive honour when I was first offered the job and that feeling hasnâ€™t changed,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™m privileged to lead the Vodafone Warriors every time we play but being captain isnâ€™t about whatâ€™s best for me. Itâ€™s about what suits the team best. Itâ€™s the same for all of us.â€