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Storm NYC Thunderbolts have announced their leadership group for the upcoming 2016 season.

Head Coach Eric Smith has named a six-man leadership group to guide the new-look team.

Lachlan Timm, Josh Kerr, Jacob Elmore, Jake Turpin, Ben Halfpenny and Brodie Croft have all been selected to lead the Thunderbolts as they prepare to kick off their season this Sunday against the Dragons at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Be there in Round 1 on Monday 7 March at AAMI Park.

All six players were awarded the honour after being standout performers during the pre-season.

“Those guys have shown in training that they are leaders amongst that group already,” Smith said.

“They lead from the front with their actions, they’ve been some of our better trainers.”

“It is great for the rest of the guys to jump on board with their attitude and intensity at training.”

All six players will be rotated to captain of the side throughout the season, a system the coach believes will help share the leadership responsibilities across the group.

“We are such a new and inexperienced squad, as far as NYC experience,” Smith said.

“We thought it would be a good idea that we follow a similar path to the NRL where we have a leadership group with not just one captain but if we had a group of leaders guiding this new Storm outfit.”

The Thunderbolts will open the season at Sunshine Coast Stadium, their new home, this Sunday at 2.30pm against St-George Illawarra.

It will be the second game of Sunday’s Sunshine Coast double-header with Storm feeder side the Falcons also kicking off their season against Northern pride at 12.30pm.

Storm Queensland-based members will have free entry on the day with activities such as a jumping castle and face painting available for the kids to enjoy.

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