Welch retains Storm captaincy
February 22, 2023 / 8:30 pm
2022 Melbourne Storm co-captain Christian Welch will again lead the team this season but without last year’s fellow captain Jesse Bromwich.
Welch and Bromwich only co-captained one game last year after Welch suffered a ruptured Achilles leaving Bromwich to lead the Storm for the remainder of the season.
Bromwich departed the club after signing with NRL newcomers Redcliffe Dolphins, leaving Welch to take the job solo.
Welch this year has the help of two of sport’s greatest captains Cameron Smith and Joel Selwood, with the Storm opting to continue the tradition of a solo forward as captain, dating back to the club’s inaugural captain Glenn Lazarus.
Halves Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes, and young hooker Harry Grant have been named co-captains.
Welch says it was an easy decision when offered the chance to lead the team
“I’ve always been pretty keen; I really care a lot about this club and the people in it and it certainly doesn’t take away energy from me, if anything it gives me energy,” the Maroons Origin forward said.
“I’m passionate about driving this club forward.”
Storm CEO Justin Rodski said Welch was a “stand-out” candidate, citing his fundraising efforts in the community, as well as his on-field efforts
“He leads this club on the field with his actions but also off the field with what he does around the club and within the community,” Rodski said.
“He’s one of the one of the best people in rugby league.”