Tamou to make Tigers NRL debut as captain

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James Tamou will make his Wests Tigers debut as captain while last year's skipper Moses Mbye has been left out of the leadership group altogether.

Arriving on a two-year deal, former Penrith and North Queensland premiership forward Tamou will be looking to help inspire the club's rise after a disappointing 7-13 record saw them finish 11th last season.

It was that campaign that led fullback Mbye to relinquish the captaincy, paving the way for an "emotional" Tamou to replace him before having played a game for the club.

"With the rich history that this club has, it's an absolute honour to be named captain of Wests Tigers," Tamou said.

"It was quite an emotional thing for me; I can see how passionate the boys here are for the Wests Tigers jersey and it's a real privilege to lead them forward this year."

Luke Brooks, Adam Doueihi, David Nofoaluma and Alex Twal will form part of a five-man leadership group under coach Michael Maguire.

The 32-year-old Tamou has played 267 first-grade games since making his debut for North Queensland in 2009.

He led a youthful Panthers side to the minor premiership last season thanks to a 17-game winning streak that ended in the grand final.

"James' influence on our club has been excellent from the moment he's been here," Maguire said.

"He has extremely strong support behind him from the playing group and the team has really resonated with him as the leader of our side."