Sorry if this is going over old ground for some, but my similar thread on MSE was, as might be expected, deleted. Monas and the manager he employs as his mouthpiece are walking timebombs in dealing with the media - For the sake of the team, Monas needs to be removed as captain because of his repeated inability to deal positively with the media. Monas can still be an on-field leader if considered appropriate by Des. I'd suggest Ben K would make a fantastic media representative, and is a natural leader. Why? 1. Monas doesn't place team interests above personal interests when talking to the media 2. He is so focused on protecting what he has (e.g. half back position, captaincy) that he has lost sight of what he can gain, and gcan contribute, with a more generous, team orientation 3. He cannot see the big picture. e.g. It is in his personal interests that Manly buy the Orfords, Bells, etc because being part of a winning team is what will bring him the wider personal rewards from his football. 4. His insecurity is currently insatiable. A reasonable player, being guaranteed a reported $240k for 3 years irrespective of whether he is dropped, would read this as the club having committed to him, and having shown confidence in him. In contrast. Monas chooses to read the prospect of Manly buying Orford as a personal attack. His insecurity is then blurted all over the media for everyone to see - and his desperation to be seen as the Messiah of halfbacks caused him to tread all over the dignity of the unsigned Manly hookers to put himself up in the media. Michael - get that ego under some sort of control. 5. I am still waiting for him to speak to the media with the team's best interests (rather than his own perceived short-term personal interests) at the forefront of his mind. Hopefully, someone he respects will influence him to drop or reign in his manager who I suspect is the one feeding Monas' insecurity, for selfish ends. Until he turns his focus from protecting what he has, to actively looking for what he can contribute to the team, Monas will not come close to reaching his potential.