Maguire likely to shelve Tigers' five-man captaincy system



  • Incoming Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire will assess the five-man captaincy rotation at the club but suggested it was unlikely to continue under his watch next season.

    Russell Packer, Chris Lawrence, Benji Marshall, Josh Reynolds and Elijah Taylor were named as joint leaders in 2018 under Ivan Cleary with Lawrence (seven times) and Taylor (six) captaining the side most often, while Marshall and Packer each led the team on five occasions.

    Reynolds managed one appearance as skipper in round 14 before succumbing to a season-ending shoulder injury.

    The club has recruited a host of experience in the last 12 months and Maguire will have no shortage of leadership options.

    “I’ll have to assess that over the pre-season,” Maguire told NRL.com.

    "I’ve spoken to the senior guys and they’re all in a good head space wanting to move forward.

    "There’s some strong leaders there with experience, and an enormous nursery that lives around that space. It’s about finding guys that want to keep taking the club forward.

    Josh Reynolds and Benji Marshall.
    Josh Reynolds and Benji Marshall.
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    “Whilst you’ve got that we’ll work out the style of leadership the club will move with under my time.”

    Keeping the system in place isn’t out of the question after the former South Sydney coach coincidentally opted for five co-captains at the start of his tenure at Redfern in 2012 with Michael Crocker, Roy Asotasi, Sam Burgess, Matt King and John Sutton picked in the role.

    Sutton, Burgess and Inglis have since spent time as the sole captain over the past five years.

    Maguire has also shown as Kiwis coach that age isn’t an issue with inexperienced leader Dallin Watene-Zelezniak receiving the international honour in October.

    Meanwhile, the 44-year-old indicated he was happy with the current support staff in place at the Wests Tigers.

    “I know a lot of the staff that are there, and there is a lot of experience amongst those guys as well,” Maguire said.


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    "I’m across a lot of what’s going on at the club and the stability was the appealing part for myself going to the Tigers. You can feel it around the place, not only the fans but the whole organisation, we’re all wanting the same thing.

    “It’s about coming together now, creating the style we want to play and performing on and off the field. The community work is very important too. I’m a big believer that converts onto on-field performance.”

    Maguire will officially arrive at Concord to begin his tenure next Monday.



  • The best news so far. Absolutely embarrassing Cleary appointing 5 captains, and to me was a sign his heart was never in the place.



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    The best news so far. Absolutely embarrassing Cleary appointing 5 captains, and to me was a sign his heart was never in the place.

    Should we worry if he decides to keep the co-captains in place?



  • Yeah really didn’t like sharing the captaincy. Seemed fairly counter productive and felt it led to some inconsistency.



  • It wasn’t a bad idea going into the season but he should have picked one after 5 or 6 weeks.



  • Normality



  • You don’t have five CEO’s each rotating in charge of the same business.



  • Beyond farcical having 5 captains. Glad it’s not going to continue.


  • ForumSupporter

    Funny since Madge pretty much invented it at Souff’s in 2012…

    Maybe he learnt it doesn’t work…

    Have your leadership group sure all Clubs do but one leader in the field and that’s Rowdy for mine…



  • Rowdy.

    End thread.



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    Rowdy.

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  • Definitely has to be Rowdy. The epitome of a captain that is well deserving to usher our club into its next phase.
    Will also consolidate him as the club legend he is.



  • I like the rotating of the player on interviews and post game matches. It takes a lot of work to be captain on the PR side of things so I understand why they did it.
    On the field there is really no reason to have one leader, numerous are advantage, for example a forward taking charge to solidify the middle, or a halfback commanding his pack is ideal. If a half back is barking at his froward for a missed tackle… not so much. ( happened with Moses)

    For me the Captain needs to be someone who can work with the umpire to point out our frustrations without loosing there cool. Smiths manipulation of refs is what makes him the leagues greatest captain.



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    Rowdy.

    End thread.

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    X3



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    Rowdy.

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    x4 majority vote @therealjustinpascoe


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