Wests Tigers have announced Moses Mbye as the club’s new captain ahead of the 2019 season.
Tigers head coach Michael Maguire unveiled the team’s freshly minted captain at the club’s 2019 season launch.
“On behalf of everyone at Wests Tigers, I would like to congratulate Moses on being named captain,” Maguire told the club website.
“To captain a club with the shared history of Wests Tigers is a tremendous privilege and we are equally confident and proud to have him lead us in 2019.”
Mbye will be supported by an extended leadership group consisting of Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah, Chris Lawrence, Russell Packer, Luke Brooks and Elijah Taylor.
The decision comes following the Tigers’ elected to share the role in 2018 amongst five captains – Lawrence, Marshall, Packer, Taylor and Josh Reynolds.
On the decision to appoint one captain in 2019, Maguire explained: “Moses is incredibly well respected by his teammates and carries himself extremely well both on and off the field.
“He is a great role model for all young players in the game and is more than capable of leading us forward in an exciting time in Wests Tigers history.”
Maguire also took time to recognise the club’s leadership group.
“I’d also like to acknowledge and congratulate Benji, Robbie, Chris, Russell, Luke and Elijah on their appointment to our leadership group.
“Their experience and leadership qualities are a tremendous asset to our team, and it’s pleasing to recognise the key role they will play alongside Moses as leaders in 2019.”
Mbye expressed his delight at being named captain.
“Being named captain today is one of the proudest moments of my career,” he told the club website.
“I feel privileged to captain a club with history as rich as Wests Tigers, and to be recognised in this way by my teammates and coaches is truly humbling.
“The history of this club means so much to me when I think about players like Wayne Pearce, Tommy Raudonikis and Benji Marshall and all that have had success here. Knowing this makes putting on the Wests Tigers jersey mean more to me than just playing a game, and I know this group is focused on adding another successful chapter to the history of the club.”
Mbye joined the club midway through the 2018 season and had only played nine games with the Tigers prior to being anointed captain.
The Tigers kick off their season with a home matchup against the Manly Sea Eagles on Saturday 16th March.