Anthony Minichiello to captain the Roosters

RUSSELL JACKSON
Last updated 16:26 11/01/2013

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Anthony Minichiello has been named captain  of the Sydney Roosters for the 2013 NRL season.

The 32-year-old fullback, who made his first-grade debut for the  foundation club in 2000, will be supported by four vice-captains in  Mitchell Pearce, Jake Friend, Jared Waera-Hargreaves and Boyd  Cordner, the Roosters announced on Friday.

Minichiello, who has been at the Roosters since he was 16, was  delighted to land the job.

''It's a massive honour, a huge honour to be named captain of the  Sydney Roosters - it's such a historic club. There's been great  captains all the way through since 1908, it's a foundation club and  we've played every season in the league since 1908.''It's a really special time for myself, my wife and my family -  they're really proud and excited.

''It's probably the most meaningful highlight of my career to  date. It's a pretty special moment.

''Rookie NRL coach Trent Robinson said he took some time in the  off-season to assess his squad before Minichiello emerged from the  pack.

''Since we've come back to training, it's been clear that every  day at training that Anthony's been leading the way on and off the  field,'' Robinson said.

''The spirit and the work ethic that we've been trying to instil  in this club, Anthony's been living it for a long time now and it's  time for Mini to step up and lead the way on the field as well as  being our captain.''

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