Wests Tigers are delighted to announce that Moses Mbye will be the club’s captain for the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership season.
Mbye, 25, has played 103 first-grade games since making his NRL debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2014. He joined Wests Tigers midway through the 2018 season and is signed at the club until at least the end of the 2022 season.
The Noosa Pirates junior has also represented the Prime Minister’s XIII (2016) and World All Stars (2017) and featured as part of the Queensland Origin camp in 2018.
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.
Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire congratulated Mbye on his appointment.
“On behalf of everyone at Wests Tigers, I would like to congratulate Moses on being named captain,” Maguire said. “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.
“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.
“I’d also like to acknowledge and congratulate Benji, Robbie, Chris, Russell, Luke and Elijah on their appointment to our leadership group,” he said. “Their experience and leadership qualities are a tremendous asset to our team, and it’s pleasing to recognise the key role that they will play alongside Moses as leaders in 2019.
“Every person in this team has an important contribution to make this year as leaders — on and off the field — and we’re excited to move ahead with the group that we have.”
Mbye said that he was extremely proud to be named as Wests Tigers captain.
“Being named captain today is one of the proudest moments of my career,” Mbye said.
“Growing up, it was a dream of mine to play one game in the NRL, so I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the career I have so far.
“I feel privileged to captain a club with history as rich as Wests Tigers, and to be recognised in this way by my teammates and coaches is truly humbling.
“The history of this club means so much to me when I think about players like Wayne Pearce, Tommy Raudonikis and Benji Marshall and all that have had success here. Knowing this makes putting on the Wests Tigers jersey mean more to me than just playing a game, and I know this group is focused on adding another successful chapter to the history of the club.
“On and off the field, Wests Tigers have taken huge steps forward in recent years and I am thrilled to be part of the exciting future that is ahead. To help lead this team forward is a tremendous honour and something I am incredibly excited about.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: MOSES MBYE
- Junior Representative: QLD U/20's (2012-13), Junior Kangaroos (2013)
- First-Grade Debut: Bulldogs vs. Newcastle, ANZ Stadium, 26/04/14 (Rd.8)
- Senior Representative: Prime Minister's XIII (2016), World All Stars (2017)
- Club Debut: Wests Tigers vs. Gold Coast, Leichhardt Oval, 01/07/18 (Rd.16)
- 100 NRL Games: Canberra vs. Wests Tigers, GIO Stadium, 12/08/18 (Rd.22)