James Tamou will lead the Wests Tigers on the field in the 2021 season, the club has announced today.
The 32-year-old joins the orange, black and white from the Penrith Panthers, and steps into the captaincy role vacated by Benji Marshall (now with Souths Sydney Rabbitohs) and Moses Mbye (who recently stood down).
Tamou has played 267 games in the NRL since his 2009 debut for the North Queensland Cowboys. He has also represented NSW, Australia and the New Zealand Maori team.
The six-foot-five prop will head a five-man leadership group, which also includes Ruse product David Nofoaluma, Luke Brooks, Adam Doueihi and Alex Twal.
Tamou said he felt privileged to be given the 'C'.
"With the rich history that this club has, it's an absolute honour to be named captain of Wests Tigres," he said.
"It was quite an emotional thing for me. I can see how passionate the boys here are for the Wests Tigers jersey and it's a real privilege to lead them forward this year."
Club chief executive Justin Pascoe said the leadership group were perfect to help guide the team.
"I'd like to congratulate James on this achievement and commend him on his actions both on and off the field since arriving to Wests Tigers," he said.
"James - and the other four men in our leadership group - are all well-served to lead our team in the year ahead and we're looking forward to seeing them drive our club forward."
Coach Michael Maguire also backed Tamou to do the job.
"James' influence on our club has been excellent from the moment he's been here," he said.
"He has extremely strong support behind him from the playing group and the team has really resonated with him as the leader of our side."
Mbye told Nine last month that he was stepping aside from the captaincy he had shared with Marshall as he had failed to lead the club to a finals series.
He back Tamou as his replacement.