during the round 21 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Cronulla Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium on July 28, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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.”


  1. I still do not get the concept of two captains. One leader is all that’s needed. A vice captain or a captain to replace the captain if he is replaced or injured is needed then but two captains on the field at once is idiotic. Do they have a conference on the field to make decisions? Its crazy. For me it is a sign the coach is two close to the players and he has no backbone to make the executive decision, so he goes with two captains. Can you imagine Beetson, Lewis, Meninga, Raudonikius, Fittler, Fulton, Smith and co over the years have to consult a team mate to ask for permission to go for a kick for touch or a penalty goal. Or if the team stray away from the coaches tactics does he need another captain to remind the other captain to get back to the game plan. Stupidity that’s what it is.

  2. The whole concept of co-captains is mainly that there’s one on field captain (which I would assume is Gallen, unless he’s off it would fall onto Graham) and the other is used as a captain outside the game with functions and interviews and things. Just think Thurston is captain on the field, as with say Cherry-Evans, and Matt Scott is the off field captain just like Jake trobjovic. It’s always been like that I remember when the Gold Coast came in and they had Scott Prince as on field captain and Luke Bailey as off field

      • Yes that’s correct but clubs don’t announce it like that anymore. They seem to just call it co-captains so it sounds like each player have the same input into decisions

  3. And also if you look at any Penalty that’s in 30m radius from the opposition try line the captain will always consult with their halves, hooker or even fullback to what decision he should make. So your point about having to consult in another player is out of whack, I’ve seen many times Cameron Smith asking Cronk or Slater what they should do before opting for the 2 points or to attack the line

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