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Finucane, McInnes announced as 2024 NRL co-captains

Inspirational Sharks forwards Dale Finucane and Cameron McInnes were unveiled as co-captains for 2024 at the club's NRL season launch on Monday night.

Finucane last year shared the esteemed role with Wade Graham, who hung up the boots at the conclusion of the campaign.

Both Finucane, 32, and McInnes, 30, are renowned leaders, having respectively skippered the Storm and Dragons before joining Cronulla together in 2022.

There's not a day that goes by that Cam doesn't come off the field with blood on his face or teeth missing.

Dale Finucane on Cameron McInnes

Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon announced the passionate duo's appointment during a function at Wanda Surf Club.

"We've been talking a lot about grit and competition and the connection between both of those throughout the course of the pre-season," Fitzgibbon said.

"So we felt it was fitting for our captains for 2024 to be co-captains in Dale Finucane and Cam McInnes."

Finucane, who is set to play his 250th NRL game in round two this season, spoke of his pride in sharing the prestigious duties with McInnes.

"It's going to be very much a collective leadership group role this year. Hopefully the boys can rely on Cam and I," Finucane said.

"Everyone's got so much respect for Cam. He captained at the Dragons and commanded respect from such a young age.

"There's not a day that goes by that Cam doesn't come off the field with blood on his face or teeth missing.

"It just goes to show he's very much an action-first man. I think that's why he's landed in such a good position, because he leads by his actions and people follow him."

McInnes and Finucane at the club's season launch.
McInnes and Finucane at the club's season launch.

McInnes welcomed the privilege of taking on added responsibility alongside Finucane.

"It's huge for the coaches to have the faith in me to do this with Dale," he said.

"The quality of people they are and what they've done in the game... to have that belief is huge and to have this opportunity to lead the lads over here is unreal.

"I feel very honoured to do it with Dale, because being a captain - as I learnt when I was a bit younger - is a big job. It's not just about what you need, it's about the boys and how to get the best out of each other.

"To be able to learn from Dale and being under Wadeo for the last couple of years has been an invaluable experience for me. I'm just excited."

Revered for their unrelenting intensity and professionalism, Finucane and McInnes pride themselves on setting the standard at training and on match day.

A two-time premiership winner and six-time grand finalist, Finucane knows what it takes to sustain a successful culture and has led by example since arriving at the Sharks.

Like Finucane, McInnes has built his game on exhaustive effort, consistency and courage. He was appointed as the second-youngest fulltime St George Illawarra captain aged 25 at the start of 2020.

McInnes' heart and tenacity were on display in round 22 last season when he broke the NRL record with 81 tackles against the champion Panthers.

"The values that we've built as a team over the last few years are getting stronger and stronger. This pre-season has been a testament to that," McInnes said.

"For me, it's about making sure that I play well and do my job, as Dale would say as well. There are so many great leaders in the room and young guys that are growing in experience every single year.

"From that point, it's making sure I do my job on the field. That's really as simple as it is."

With Finucane on the sideline during two recent trials, sitting out last Friday's clash with the Bulldogs as a precaution due to calf tightness, McInnes has started at lock.

Finucane is expected to be fully fit for round one against the Warriors in New Zealand.

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