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Experienced second-rower Mark O'Neill has been named Wests Tigers Captain for Season 2005.
O'Neill, who made his first grade debut for Balmain Tigers in 1994, has played 105 games for the Wests Tigers. He and prop John Skandalis remain the sole survivors from the first Wests Tigers side in 2000.
''To be named captain means a lot to me, I feel extremely honoured to be given the job,'' O'Neill said.
"I just want to get out on the field now and lead by example. All the boys are raring to go and we want to make sure we have a better season than last year".
"Darren has already told me I have big shoes to fill and that I can only do my best.''
Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens said O'Neill was appointed captain for a number of reasons.
"Mark has a terrific attitude to life and to training. When he turns up to training, he trains hard and is respected by the players,'' Sheens said.
"His attitude rubs off on the younger players in the team and he leads by example".
"There are a number of experienced players in the team including Brett Hodgson, Scott Prince, Ben Galea and John Skandalis who will be there to support Mark and express their views, but at the end of the day, the final decision on the field rests with Mark".
"Mark has the respect of players and officials and he will handle himself well as captain.''
Full Name: Mark O'Neill
Date of Birth: 19.6.1975
Star Sign: Gemini
Where were you born? Paddington, NSW
Height: 1.86 metres
Weight (kg): 100 kg
Primary School: St Michaels, Meadowbank
High School: Eastwood Marist
Position: 2nd row
Year you made your 1st grade debut: 1994
What team were you with and who did you play: Balmain V St George
Best memory from debut: The Fulltime siren, we lost 44-0
Previous Clubs: Balmain
Junior Club: Nth Ryde, St Pats Dundas