TRIO NAMED JOINT CAPTAINS FOR 2022
Halifax Panthers can today announce that Brandon Moore, Jacob Fairbank and Adam Tangata will take on the role of joint captains for the 2022 Betfred Championship season.
Hometown lad Fairbank will join adopted Haligonian Tangata and 2021 Star Man Moore in a leadership capacity in an unprecedented move for the club.
Head coach Simon Grix explained the decision to the Panthers media team.
“Brandon was selected for Captain because of the consistency of his actions and he certainly didn’t disappoint in 2021”, said Grix. “He played big minutes without complaint, through a significant injury for the second half of the season. He made a great contribution, but I don’t think we saw the best of him as his weekly effort over big minutes took its toll. As a result, Brandon wasn’t able to work on his game as such but roll his sleeves up and get into the next one. This coming season he won’t be expected to repeat that and hopefully we can see Brandon full of energy.”
“As you see with many teams in modern sport the Captaincy has shifted from its tradition of a sole leader to Leadership Groups, Co-Captains etc. Dependant on what is needed or desired. I have decided to share the responsibility this season between Brandon, Bob and Adam. Both Adam and Jacob have this club at heart and are each leaders in their own right within the group. Their actions follow their words and carry weight within our group. Having known both for a while, I can certainly say they are both great team men and proud to represent our club and town. The three will compliment and fill in one another’s gaps.”
“Of course, there are others who show great leadership qualities without the title and I wouldn’t expect that to change, but for us right now Brandon, Adam and Bob will be leading us.”
Star Man Brandon Moore showed a toughness that his teammates could only admire in 2021, regularly playing through a ruptured bicep injury that forced a division counterpart to retire prematurely. But the Cumbrian hooker further proved his class when questioned on this latest decision to add to the leadership of the club.
“Firstly, I would like to say it is a huge honour and something I am immensely proud of being the captain again for the 2022 season”, said Moore.
“We have some really experienced players and people with real leadership qualities with in the group. I am really happy that I get to co captain with two of these, Bob Fairbank who is part of the furniture here ,a proud Halifax lad and is someone who always leads from the front with his actions week in, week out. Adz is a huge character with in our team, he brings back a lot of experience from his time playing in the Super League and above anything else. he always puts the team first which is what we are about here at Halifax.”
“We have had the chance to go with a bigger squad, something that will hopefully be of benefit this year and I am excited to see what this group can achieve in 2022.”
“It was a proud moment for me when Simon approached me about the role and it will be an honour for me to help Brandon and Adam co captain my hometown team”, said Halifax hero Jacob Fairbank.
Fairbank has been a reliable member of the Panthers squad since making his loan move from Huddersfield Giants permanent back in 2015. And he was full of praise for the job that Moore has done in his time as skipper.
“You can never fault Brandon’s effort and commitment for the team, he always runs his blood to water and that’s something you always look up to as a captain as he leads by example, I’m hoping I can add my part to that this year to take us as a team to the next level that we are striving for.”
Cook Island international Tangata has become an adopted son of the borough, since making the move across the globe back in 2015. And he was delighted to be able to showcase his guidance and influence as co-captain.
“I’m stoked about the opportunity to further grow in the role as a leader. Before I left Halifax, leadership wasn’t really something I thought about but definitely getting the experience with Wakefield and further expanding my knowledge in the game, I believe I have come back to Halifax with more understanding, knowledge and an even stronger desire to win. I’ve been lucky enough to learn from past players and have taken loads from them in terms of leadership skills and adding my own flavour to leadership.”
“I’ve played alongside Pudge (Brandon Moore) for most of my career in England, you can’t fault his natural leadership skills. He works hard and really does lead
by example. I’m just looking to add value to that.”
We like to wish all three players congratulations on the appointment and the best of luck in the role as we look ahead to a huge year for the sport.
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