NRL News: Jesse Bromwich named Dolphins captain

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New Zealand Test star Jesse Bromwich will make history by becoming the Dolphins’ first NRL captain.

Bromwich is close to being named skipper of the NRL’s 17th club – the Redcliffe-based Dolphins – ahead of their inaugural season this year.

The 295-game Melbourne Storm lieutenant reported to the Dolphins for his first official training session on Wednesday.

And it’s only a matter of time before coach Wayne Bennett presents him with the team’s highest leadership honor.

Bromwich, 33, said it would be a proud moment if he received the captaincy for the Dolphins’ first NRL season.

“It would be a real honor,” said the 34 Test Kiwis star.

“It’s something I really want to work towards.

“The first goal for me is to earn everyone’s respect first. I’ll try that in preseason.

“It would be an honor to lead this club (captain) and to be part of the story would be really nice.”

Bromwich made their first appearance at Kayo Stadium training camp alongside fellow World Cup representatives Kenny Bromwich, Felise Kaufusi and Anthony Milford.

They’ve been subjected to tests and fitness drills, with former Broncos playmaker Milford showing he’s ready to restart his NRL career with an impressive effort.

Bennett enlisted the Storm stars, the Bromwich brothers and Kaufusi, to bring Test, Origin and NRL Premiership experience to the fledgling expansion franchise.

And the elder Bromwich said he was ready to bring what he learned in 13 seasons in Melbourne – among the likes of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk – to Queensland’s fourth NRL club.

“I was really lucky that I was at a good club with really good leaders that I respected,” he said.

“I copied what they did for a really long time. As they left, I knew it was time to get up and do a little of what they used to do.

“The club has been really good at getting young potential leaders through. They had programs for that and I was a part of it for a long time.

“It wasn’t easy, but I knew it was my job to do it, so I tried to do it as well as I could.

“I’m a bit later in my career and have been at it for a while. I intend to bring this over here and do my best to see these young guys through.

“We have a pretty good squad. Everyone is really level headed and hard working, that’s the best sign. You are humble and willing to work hard.

“I come here to bring experience, leadership and work ethic.”

Bromwich made his NRL debut for the enduringly successful Storm in 2010 and has been a fixture of the Finals series.

The Dolphins have been named wooden spoon favorites by bookies after a challenging recruitment process, but Bromwich refuses to take notice of critics.

“I’ve never been someone to read into stuff like that,” he said.

“Even when things were going really well (in Melbourne) we never thought about outside noise.

“The focus is on the belief that what we are doing is the right thing. Confidence in the existing systems, players, coaching staff and club. It was never about what people outside the club thought.

“We just have to work as hard as we can and have faith that we’re going to win some games with what we’re doing.”

The Dolphins are bolstered this week with the signing of Tesi Niu, who did not report to the Broncos’ practice Wednesday as he nears a move across town.

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