Simon Mannering

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’.

“Simon’s an absolutely logical choice for the job,” said Elliott.

“He’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. He’s a person of strong character and a wonderful work ethic.

“It 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).

“There was no need to rush it. It was all about working through a full process and making an informed decision for the right reasons. We’ve all had time together to reach this point.”

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.

“It was a massive honour when I was first offered the job and that feeling hasn’t changed,” he said.

“I’m privileged to lead the Vodafone Warriors every time we play but being captain isn’t about what’s best for me. It’s about what suits the team best. It’s the same for all of us.”

By ricky

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