This year they had six captains – next season they face a dilemma finding one.
That’s the situation facing Wests Tigers as the 2023 countdown begins.
With a host of players coming and going, there is no standout skipper for incoming coach Tim Sheens.
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But Sheens insists the club has plenty of good leadership material and he will address the crucial issue next month.
“There have been a fair few changes to the roster but we have several players more than capable of doing the job,” Sheens told Wide World of Sports.
“I will talk to the players and management and get their input before making a call next month.”
Last year the Tigers appointed a five-man captaincy group – James Tamou, Luke Brooks, Tyrone Peachey, Adam Doueihi and Ken Maumalo, while Jackson Hastings also led the team during the season.
Tamou, Peachey and Hastings have gone, Brooks is under massive pressure to get his own game right while Maumalo is on the comeback trail from a serious knee injury.
That leaves Doueihi as the favorite for the job, although forwards Joe Ofahengaue and Stefano Utoikamanu may also come into consideration.
Big signing Api Koroisau will be a key man in leading the Tigers around the field, although being new to the club he is unlikely to be considered for the captaincy role.
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DRAGONS LOSE ‘RISING STAR’
The Dragons has suffered another blow at grassroots level, with the Illawarra Rugby League operations manager resigning after less than a year in the job.
Nigel Roy, a rising star in league administration who the Steelers poached from the Northern Territory RL, has quit for family reasons.
A former Norths and Steelers center, Roy took on the job in February of this year.
But he has decided to move to south-east Queensland to be with family after only 10 months.
Roy refused to criticize the club.
“It’s a family thing, nothing more,” he said.
“I enjoyed my time here and wanted to give the club time to put someone new in the job for next season.
“The Dragons are a great club and the game is strong in the Illawarra region where I was based.”
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YOUNG KNIGHT MOVES NORTH
A promising center from Newcastle is trying his luck in the Broncos system in 2023.
James Johnson played in the Knights’ Jersey Flegg grand final team this year but is training with the Broncos’ top squad in the pre-season.
He will then start the new season at Brisbane Norths in the Queensland Cup and hope to work his way through the ranks.
“He sees more opportunity at Brisbane and is just looking for a chance,” a source close to the 22-year-old Johnson said.
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Remember Darryn Schonig, who looked a fair player in two seasons in the front row for the Storm in 2020-21?
Still only 26, the former Australian Schoolboy played for Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Queensland Cup last season.
He’s now moved to Toowoomba, a feeder club of Canterbury, and has been training with the Bulldogs all summer.
But don’t get excited, Bulldogs fans, Schonig is under contract to Toowoomba and will be playing there all 2023.
But if he fires, it could be a different story come 2024.
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