Poor bastard can't win! Question his captaincy when we lose, question his captaincy when we win. Look what he has had to put up with. Shit for brains players who think they know it all and better than everyone, a muppet of a coach last year, piss poor attitude from a large group of our players. It seems to me that he is only starting to get help since Elliott has arrived and it has taken a number of rounds to get anywhere. I would say the burden of all the above has taken its toll so much that he is struggling to enjoy it now it is starting to happen. I have been in a similar situation working your ass off to get things changed/happening and when it finally does you are drained and left wondering why has it taken so long for you guys to see the light. He was and still is best option as captain. That is all.
It's nothing new with Simon though, he is into his 4th year and after all we have just 6 wins from the season.
It can be a very mentally draining job, it isn't hard to find one of my posts on the subject, being such a young Captain has hindered his development as a player, over thinking shit, not wanting to make an error, not wanting to be the one that lets the team down.
He would have loved playing for the Kiwis in the past and just being able to play football without any cares or babysitting duties.
The Captaincy is a privilege that can be emotionally draining on and off the field, when times are good it can be all gravy, but when they aren't you can take it very personally.
I love the way Simon can play but he hasn't been done any favours by having the Captaincy IMO, he also hasn't been done any favours by playing right hand side, because he overcompensates for both his deficiencies (left shoulder)and others and has never really had the chance to learn one position that he is comfortable in. League is a simple game that can get over complicated for a number of reasons, as you age you never stop learning, this goes for Rugby League too, you get to 30 and think why the hell wasn't I doing that when I was 20.
No he isn't the best option for the Team at the moment, but there also isn't any one candidate suitable for the position, the role should be shared. I do think a move to the 13 is where he will be comfortable and help ease his mind making him a more efficient Captain and would bring out the best he has to offer, taking the Captaincy from him would bring out the real ugly monster in him but I don't see this as an option either. We do need him and hopefully he has had a chance to get over the niggles he has had.
Taylor is going great guns at 13 but is a better communicator than Simon and would be of greater assistance to Shaun Johnson and Kon playing there IMO.