Roger Tuivasa-Sheck hasn't considered passing on the Warriors captaincy for the final season before his code switch but he'll lead from the front regardless of a title beside his name.
"I'm not too sure. I haven't really thought about that question. I continue to do what I do," the 27-year-old, who will join the Auckland Blues in the Super Rugby competition next season, told NRL.com when asked if he feels he's still the man for the job.
"I'm here for 2021 and my focus is with the team. Like every other year, I'll step up and do whatever needs to be done."
Veteran forward Tohu Harris looks a strong option to lead the club into the future, assuming he extends his contract past this year, while halfback Kodi Nikorima is another with seemingly sufficient experience to handle the added responsibility.
However, Tuivasa-Sheck didn't specify an heir apparent.
"Everyone's being groomed [for leadership positions] and everyone's putting their hand up. Everyone's got to understand that this is their club, this is their team," he said.
"Everyone's keen to step up and I know that there's plenty of people [in the running to be skipper] when it comes to next year."
Many will argue that Tuivasa-Sheck deserves to retain the captaincy despite his impending exit given the way he guided the Warriors last year as they lived away from family on the NSW Central Coast to ensure the competition went ahead.
The squad is currently training at Tuggerah and will be based in the Gosford region for at least the first four rounds, with a decision on if they'll return to New Zealand yet to be made.
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Tuivasa-Sheck has been humbled by the gratitude he's received.
"That was a special feeling when we went back home [at the end of last year]. Even here in Australia, to be honest," he said.
"I walk around and so many people shake my hand and say, 'I don't want a photo, I just want to say thank you for coming over and putting the game back on'.
"Those are special moments. That's what made it easy for us to say, 'yep, we'll come back and we'll do it again'. Because there's so many people who have a lot of passion and they love watching this game and being entertained from rugby league.
"It's an easy choice for us to come here and do that again for people. I'm proud of the team, I'm proud of the way everyone stood up."
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The champion No.1 is dreaming of finishing his time at the Warriors holding the premiership trophy aloft and said the injection of new players and coaching staff is helping him improve.
There is heightened expectation on the club to succeed after their recruitment drive and the manner in which they finished last season to just miss the finals, but Tuivasa-Sheck isn't bothered.
"That's noise at the end of the day for us," he said.
"If we focus on what we do, perform at training and turn up and put on a performance in round one, it will go from there.
"Results will come on the back of that and if people get on board, people get on board."
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