Anthony Minichiello to captain the Roosters
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.''