King to cap­tain Glad­i­a­tors to suc­cess

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“I love it up here and I hope to move up here one day,” Oosen said.

A pas­sion­ate and en­dur­ing Gla­di­a­tor will join the new­comer at the helm this sea­son.

Ian King has played at the Glad­i­a­tors for 14 years, mak­ing his way through the ju­nior teams to now co-cap­tain the A-Grade side.

King, 20, said he was not tak­ing the po­si­tion of re­spon­si­bil­ity lightly.

“It’s a priv­i­lege and an hon­our at such a young age to be a cap­tain,” he said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting back out there again.”

King said strong fam­ily ties mo­ti­vated him to do his best for the Glad­i­a­tors.

“I feel loy­alty and love for this club,” he said.

“I’ve got my whole fam­ily be­hind this club. I had an un­cle who was at the club ages ago and he passed away so I hope to take on that legacy.”

The sec­ond rower said he was ready to put his best foot for­ward and was con­fi­dent of his team’s fu­ture suc­cess.

“I’m go­ing to set per­sonal goals and know that I can play at a high level,” King said.

“There’s pres­sure on play­ers to per­form and I’m hop­ing we’ll have a lot of suc­cess this year. I know there will be a lot more wins than last year.

“I’m re­ally con­fi­dent we will make the fi­nals and the more sup­port from the fans we get, the bet­ter we’ll play.”

Pic­ture: Kather­ine Kokko­nen

Ma­reeba Gla­di­a­tor co-cap­tain Ian King has called on fans to sup­port the A-Grade side at home games.

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