Salford Red Devils head coach Paul Rowley has chosen a new leadership team to guide his side in 2022, with Elijah Taylor named captain and Marc Sneyd and Brodie Croft taking the vice-captain roles.
Taylor arrived from Wests Tigers, where he was co-captain, ahead of the 2021 season, and despite missing parts of this year through injury, has impressed in a Salford shirt.
The 31-year-old has brought a vast amount of experience into the Salford squad since his arrival, with nine years in the NRL and a Rugby League World Cup with New Zealand.
Speaking on becoming captain of Salford Red Devils, Elijah Taylor said: “I’m humbled and yet excited for the opportunity to captain the team.
“Salford has a rich rugby league history and we’re all working extremely hard at training to lay a strong foundation for this coming season.”
Taylor is highly regarded amongst the coaching staff and squad as a natural leader, and the Kiwi will have the support of vice-captains Brodie Croft and Marc Sneyd, the latter spending 2021 as co-captain of Hull FC before returning to the Club that kickstarted his professional rugby league career.
A two-time Challenge Cup and Lance Todd Trophy winner, Sneyd returns to Salford with valuable big-game experience and is well respected within the squad for his leadership qualities and rugby league knowledge.
Number 7 for 2022, Sneyd said: “I’m happy to be vice-captain under ET (Elijah Taylor) and I’ll do my best to lead as best I can.
I’m just excited to get on to the field now and start playing games.”
Finishing up the leadership team, Brodie Croft also takes a vice-captain role at Salford.
Although still relatively young, Croft is a World Club Challenge winner and has played in an NRL Grand Final.
Our new number 6 will be working very closely with Sneyd this season in the halves, which will only strengthen their co vice-captaincy relationship as well.
Speaking on becoming vice-captain, Croft said: “It’s certainly a huge privilege to be named vice-captain here at Salford.
When Rowls (Paul Rowley) pulled me aside last week to ask whether I would take up vice captaincy with Sneydy, I jumped at the opportunity. I’m constantly growing as a player but really cherish the responsibility that comes with this role.
Hopefully I can lean on a lot of my experience I’ve had so far in my career, particularly at Melbourne where I was learning under some of the best players to have ever played rugby league!”
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