Players chosen to lead the Bears in 2017

 Matt Reid will lead the Bears in 2017 as Captain

Matt Reid will lead the Bears in 2017 as Captain

Leaders announced for new season

The Bears coaching team have decided that Matt Reid will lead the Bears as captain in 2017. Matt will be one quarter of a leadership group consisting of James Geurtjens, Jack Morrison and Chris Barratt.

Matt joined the Bears for a six-week loan in our first season in 2015, later signing fully for the 2016 season.

The 24-year-old Centre succeeds Hooker Richie Hughes, who led the Bears for two years before leaving the club to work as a prison officer.

The coaching staff believe the decision to make Matt captain was an easy one despite tough competition with a number of excellent candidates.

 Bears assistant coach Jonny Tuson

Bears assistant coach Jonny Tuson

Bears Assistant coach Jonny Tuson commented;

During his time with us Matt has been a model of consistency on and off the field. Throughout last season Reidy was one of our most consistent performers who has lead by example with how he plays.  He was made up when we offered him the captaincy and he is determined to help the squad kick on from last year.

He’s the sort of captain the other lads will look to, listen and respect. He’s an important member of the team and I we know that he will take this added responsibility in his stride. He's well respected within our group of players, the staff and fans and he is equal to the task of driving the Bears forward.

Chris Barratt, James Geurtjens and Jack Morrison in action

Rugby League is no longer a 13, or even 17-man game, but requires a collective effort from the whole squad. Reidy has a group of three to help him with the leadership of the team. Jack Morrison, Chris Barratt and James Geurtjens have done a fantastic job last year and will continue to add excellent leadership qualities to the club.

Matt Reid said;

“I really appreciate the opportunity I've been given by the coaches and I am looking forward to the year ahead. Hopefully as a group we can improve on last season and with the new signings I feel we're well placed to do so. The best captains I have played for have lead by example and that's what I hope to do”.

 Matt Reid

Matt Reid

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