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Why Mbye almost backflipped on captaincy

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 12/02/2019 Chris De Silva

Newly appointed Wests Tigers captain Moses Mbye has revealed how family commitments almost caused him to turn down the role.

Mbye immediately became a favourite of new coach Michael Maguire's, but revealed to Nine News that his new coach had to convince him to take up the role.

"I've got my hands full at home, it's a pretty full plate with three kids at home, so I did think twice about it," Mbye said.

"I had some deep chats with (Maguire) about it. The way (Maguire) is controlling things around the club, the strength of the leadership group we have, we're all going to have some sort of input and we'll help each other out."

a man holding a football ball: Moses Mbye © AAP Moses Mbye

Maguire was able to convince the 25-year-old that he would not be shouldering the load of being the club's leader alone, and teammate Josh Reynolds vowed to help Mbye as well.

"Whatever he needs me to do I'll be doing and pushing that towards the rest of the team," Reynolds told Nine News.

At 25, Mbye is in a bit of an awkward position, being the captain while two of the Tigers club legends Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah remain on the list, but he stressed that his leadership style goes beyond ordering people around.

"It's not so much about telling people what to do," he said.

"Everyone assumes that the captaincy is about barking orders. I'm not their school teacher (and) I'm not their father.

"We work as a collective. We've got a very strong leadership group."


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