Salford announce four captains for 2018

Drew Darbyshire

Salford Red Devils have announced two team captains, a vice captain and a club captain as part of a new leadership structure at the club this year.

Experienced duo Mark Flanagan and Lee Mossop have been named team captains for the 2018 season while Ireland star Tyrone McCarthy will take up the role of vice-captain. Weller Hauraki will be the club captain this year.

And Red Devils head coach Ian Watson believes the selected four are suitable leaders.

He said: “Lee Mossop and Mark Flanagan will be team captains as both are excellent players with a lot of experience and who are very vocal out on the field. Tyrone McCarthy is another great voice and leader and as vice-captain he can step up when needed.

“Weller Hauraki as club captain is a big one for me because as club captain, he leads both on the field and off it. Weller is a perfect example of what you want from a representative of the club, he never turns down appearances and always gives 100% – I couldn’t think of any better to be club captain.”

And Salford CEO Ian Blease thinks having four captains will have a positive influence on the younger players at the club.

He said: “Myself and Head Coach Ian Watson have discussed these decisions at length and we are trying something new in terms of the leadership roles within the Club this season.

“The aim is for the younger members of the squad to aspire to be captains and look at progressing from vice-captain to team captains and possibly even up to Club captain at some stage of their career here at Salford Red Devils.

“All four of the players chosen are fantastic leaders and voices within the changing room and on the field. But, with Weller Hauraki as Club captain we feel he epitomises everything our Club represent on and off the field and he’s a brilliant ambassador for us moving forward.”