In a move set to lessen the burden on longtime skipper Paul Gallen, while at the same time giving more responsibility to the club’s heir apparent in Wade Graham, Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has decided to run with co-captains in 2018.
Flanagan explained the decision was about giving Graham a chance to learn more about leadership under the tutelage of the man who not only captained NSW to an Origin victory in 2014 but who also led the Sharks to their maiden NRL title in 2016.
“I’m very excited about what the 2018 season might bring and its a massive honour for me to be able to share the captaincy with Gal,” Graham said.
“But more than anything I’m looking forward to being a leader at the club this season and then into the future.
“There’s been talk the last couple of years of me becoming captain and that something like this could happen, but to now be officially given the role as a co-captain, is really something special.”