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Lyon ready for extra responsibility

By Ben Horne 13/02/2010 02:01:08 PM Comments (0)

Representative star Jamie Lyon has declared he's ready for the challenge of captaining Manly in the NRL this season.

Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler has yet to make a decision on who will lead the maroon and whites this year following premiership-winning skipper Matt Orford's move to England.

It is believed Lyon, prop Jason King and second rower Glenn Stewart are the candidates, with dual-captaincy also a strong possibility.

But after taking the reins at five-eighth in Manly's 18-4 trial match win over Cronulla at Toyota Stadium on Friday night, Lyon said he was looking forward to taking on the extra responsibility should Hasler decide to put the "c" next to his name for round one.

"Yeah if it came my way," Lyon told AAP.

"We've got a few boys there going for it, Glenn Stewart and Jason King as well, so there's a few players there, but if it came my way I'd take it for sure."

Taking on the captaincy seems a logical step for Lyon as he will be the chief playmaker with Orford no longer around.

Young prospects Keiran Foran and Trent Hodkinson will battle it out for the halfback jersey, but their adjustment to the crucial position will be helped by Lyon playing a dominant role at No.6, as he did in the club's successful 2008 premiership campaign.

Lyon showed his intentions in Friday night's trial, setting up two of Manly's three tries, and said he was relishing the chance to pick up from where Orford left off.

"It's a great challenge, it's good to try and lead the boys around," he said.

"We've got a couple of good halves there as well so it'll be interesting to see how we go."

New Zealand international Keiran Foran said Lyon's role at five-eighth made the former NSW Origin star a standout option for the captaincy.

"Jamie has probably taken over the role of being the dominant one out there," said Foran, who is on the verge of signing a new four year deal with the Sea Eagles.

"He's got a range of skills and he showed he's a class player and he can play anywhere.

"I think (five-eighth) suits him perfectly, he gets his hands on the ball and he can run the show out there.

"He leads by his actions, he doesn't say a hell of a lot during the week but certainly out on the field blokes follow the way he plays and if he gets it (the captaincy) it'll be the right choice."

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