Simon Mannering. Photo Getty
Simon Mannering will captain the New Zealand Warriors for
a fourth NRL season.
New coach Matthew Elliott told the players last week that
Mannering would stay in the role he was given as a
23-year-old in late 2009.
Elliott says Mannering is the logical choice.
"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
Elliott said he'd waited until this month to confirm
Mannering in the job as he needed to go through the right
process and there was no need to rush the decision.
Mannering, who has played 165 games for the club and
captained the team 65 times, said it was an honour to keep
the captain's job.
The Warriors begin their pre-season schedule against Gold
Coast in Queensland on February 9.
The team will be missing Feleti Mateo and Dane Nielsen, who
will be playing in the NRL All Stars-Indigenous All Stars
match on the same day in Brisbane.