Wests Tigers announce Moses Mbye as new captain

Moses Mbye is the new Wests Tigers captain. Picture: Joel Carrett/AAP
Moses Mbye is the new Wests Tigers captain. Picture: Joel Carrett/AAP

The Wests Tigers will enter the 2019 NRL season with a new leader.

The club announced this morning (Friday, February 8) that Moses Mbye will take over as captain.

Mbye will be supported by Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah, Chris Lawrence, Russell Packer, Luke Brooks and Elijah Taylor as part of the club’s leadership group in 2019.

Last year, the captaincy duties were shared between five players – Marshall, Josh Reynolds, Packer, Taylor and Lawrence.

Mbye said he was extremely proud to be named as Wests Tigers skipper.

“Being named captain today is one of the proudest moments of my career,” the 25-year-old said.

“Growing up, it was a dream of mine to simply play one game in the NRL, so I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the career I have so far, and to now be recognised in this way by my teammates and coaches.

“Ever since I joined Wests Tigers, I have felt extremely comfortable and have learned so much off the players here.

"I feel like I’ve been here for a lot longer than I have with how well I’ve settled in and I’m looking forward to representing this club for many more years.”

Tigers head coach Michael Maguire congratulated Mbye on his appointment.

“To captain a club with the shared history of Wests Tigers is a tremendous privilege and we are equally confident and proud to have him lead us in 2019,” he said.

“Moses is incredibly well respected by his teammates and carries himself extremely well both on and off the field.

"He is a great role model for all young players in the game and is more than capable of leading us forward in to an exciting time in Wests Tigers history.”

Moses Mbye (second from left) celebrates with Tigers team mates after scoring a try against South Sydney Rabbitohs last July. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

Moses Mbye (second from left) celebrates with Tigers team mates after scoring a try against South Sydney Rabbitohs last July. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

It has been a whirlwind 12 months for Mbye, who lined up for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in early 2018.

The Bulldogs announced last May that Mbye would join the Tigers in 2019 on a four-year deal.

However, the talented fullback was granted an early release and moved to the Tigers last June.