Mannering re-appointed Warriors captain

Last updated 08:27 17/01/2013
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CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Simon Mannering will once again captain the Warriors in 2013.

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Simon Mannering has today been confirmed as Warriors captain for the 2013 season.

The re-appointment sees him extend his captaincy reign to a fourth NRL season, leaving him on track to become the longest-serving skipper in the club's history.

Mannering, the club's youngest captain when he was appointed as a 23-year-old in late 2009, welcomed the opportunity to have a fourth season in charge.

"It was a massive honour when I was first offered the job and that feeling hasn't changed," he said.

"I'm privileged to lead the Vodafone Warriors every time we play but being captain isn't about what's best for me. It's about what suits the team best. It's the same for all of us."

New head coach Matthew Elliott said a decision about Mannering's continuation in the role had been announced to the players while they were in camp in Hamilton late last week.

"Simon's an absolutely logical choice for the job," said Elliott.

"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 work ethic.

"It was always my intention that the announcement would be made close to us beginning our trials.

"There was no need to rush it. It was all about working through a full process and making an informed decision for the right reasons. We've all had time together to reach this point."

Still only 26, Mannering has already clocked up 165 appearances since his NRL debut as an 18-year-old in 2005, more than any other player in the squad; he has also played 30 tests for the Kiwis.

After playing his 100th NRL game in the final match of the 2009 season, Mannering was appointed to lead the club in 2010. His total of 65 matches as captain leaves him behind only Steve Price, who led the Warriors 91 times from 2005 to 2009.

The Warriors' 2013 schedule starts against Gold Coast at Pizzey Park, Burleigh Heads, on Saturday, February 9 with their first home trial against Penrith a week later in Hamilton. The Warriors final trial is against Brisbane in Dunedin on February 23.

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