Ian Prior to continue leading the Force in 2019
Superstar Ian Prior will captain the Western Force for a second season after being appointed to the role for the 2018 season.
Accepting the role as the 2019 Force captain, Prior said he is excited to take on the challenge and will not be taking the opportunity lightly.
“Obviously I am very excited to be leading the team again in 2019 and obviously a huge honour, one that I won’t take lightly,” Prior said.
“When I was asked to captain last year, I thought I would give it my best crack and fortunately we had a really good year and the team came together so quickly and so well in that much time.
“I am very excited for the opportunities and the year ahead and to see those foundations that we laid down as a team and as captain.”
Prior said one of his focus’ this year will be to further develop the leaders in the group.
“I think the younger crop that is coming through like Brad Lacey, Feleti Kaitu’u, AJ Alatimu, Andrew Deegan and Clay Uyen and so on, there are a lot of guys that have been finding their voice, and that has been one of the major things I have tried to work on as a leader is to try and develop those leaders,” Prior said.
“Making sure the future generations are leader proof and making sure that because we don’t know who will be out on the field at any point in time we have to ensure the boat is still moving forward at all times.”
Despite being voted as the as the Member’s MVP last year for his great performances as captain off and on the field, Prior said there are still improvements he would like to make.
“As a captain, I am really proud of the job that I was able to do and contributed to the team last year even, though I was still finding my feet as a leader and made a few mistakes whilst learning,” Prior said.
“I am still learning, so it is very important for me to continue to grow and find what that next step is for me as a leader.
Making sure the team is resilient and able to adapt to any situation, I think will be the next step for myself as we evolve and mature together to become more cohesive.”