17 Jan 2013

Mannering to continue captaincy of Warriors

12:26 pm on 17 January 2013

Simon Mannering's captaincy of the New Zealand Warriors has been extended to a fourth National Rugby League season, leaving him on track to become the longest-serving skipper in the club's history.

The new head coach Matthew Elliott says Mannering is the logical choice for the job and he's respected by all the players and staff.

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.

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.

Mannering's appointment comes with the Warriors' trials programme beginning in just 23 days.

The schedule starts against Gold Coast at Burleigh Heads, on Saturday, February the 9th.