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Cameron McInnes announced as St George Illawarra Dragons captain

Sporting News logo Sporting News 19/01/2020
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St George Illawarra has announced star hooker Cameron McInnes as club captain for 2020.

The 25-year-old replaces playmaker Gareth Widdop who returned to his native England to play with Warrington.

McInnes' consistent performances in the middle of the park for the Dragons have earned him plenty of respect from teammates and opponents.

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The dummy half is remarkably durable, having missed only one game in his three seasons at the club despite being a regular at the top of the tackling charts.

Speaking following the announcement, McInnes said he was proud to lead the club.

"It's a huge honour to be named captain of the St George Illawarra Dragons. It was an unbelievable feeling when I was told I would be the captain," McInnes said.

"This club has a great fan base and following so to be their captain is a huge responsibility. I'm focused and plan on upholding the club's legacy and doing everyone proud.

"It's a challenge I'm looking forward to. There's plenty of great people at this club who will help me along the way, which is great as I have plenty of learning and growth as a player to come."

McInnes has played 112 NRL games, 73 at the Dragons since moving from South Sydney at the end of the 2016 season.

St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor spoke highly of his new skipper.

"Cameron demonstrates, drives and reinforces what is acceptable and not acceptable in our club's behaviour and standards," McGregor said.

"His ability to play through pain and fatigue is as good as anyone I have coached.

"Cameron plays with passion, he's gritty and he's a trustworthy liaison between the staff and players.

"He's been our most consistent player over the past three years which was really important when it came to deciding the leader of the club."

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