Proud moment...Jake Trbojevic leads the team out onto Brookvale Oval last Sunday. Photo: NRL Photos
Manly junior Jake Trbojevic will be the stand alone captain for the Sea Eagles on Monday night should Jamie Lyon fail to overcome a hamstring injury.
Lyon was named at five-eighth on Tuesday to make his return from the hamstring injury suffered in the loss to Canberra a fortnight ago.
Manly Coach Trent Barrett was diplomatic about Lyon’s chances of lining up against the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium.
“Jamie is 50-50. He will make the trip and we will assess him up there,’’ Barrett said this morning.
“He is at that age where the hamstring takes a little bit longer to heal. We have a few options (of who will play five-eighth) but we are running out of players.”
Barrett had no hesitation in confirming Trbojevic would take over the captaincy should Lyon miss the game after he shared the duties with prop Nate Myles in the loss to Penrith last Sunday.
Myles will undergo knee surgery and will be out for a month.
“I thought Jake did a good job last week with Nate. I see him as a future leader of our club. He is well respected by everyone,’’ Barrett said.
“His performances speak for itself. He does the right thing all the time Jake. He is a terrific trainer, he is a good bloke, and he is very honest with himself and his team-mates.
“It is the sort of guy you want in your team.”
Trbojevic said to captain the Sea Eagles alone would be ‘pretty cool’.
“I would be pretty proud. I enjoyed the experience last weekend,’’ he said.
“With all the great leaders around me, it made it a lot easier. I just try to lead by example by putting my best foot forward.”