“I’ve got no doubt Cameron will be a future captain of South Sydney, but it’s not for now,” Bennett told the Herald. “He’s young and I wouldn’t want to put that pressure anywhere near him.
“I want him to play and develop the next few years and maybe at 24 or 25 as older players move on he’ll be an ideal captain.
“I’ll do my part grooming him the next couple of years. I’m there to help him all I can.”
Murray said of taking on the gun gig: “I don’t know if I’ve experienced enough and if I’ve learnt as much as I need to learn. I don’t know if I’m confident enough in myself to step up into that captaincy.
“I’m more than confident in a leader like Cody Walker. He has already had 10 or so games leading the club. He has had some great experiences there.”
Cook, the NSW and Kangaroos No. 9, is well spoken and now one of the three remaining members of the leadership group with Walker and Reynolds. He said he would not pass on the role if approached.
“I’d never knock back the opportunity to captain my club, especially South Sydney. It would be a huge honour,” Cook said.
“There are some other great leaders there. Cody did a great job for us this year, he was the Indigenous All Stars captain as well, Adam Reynolds has been there a long time, he’d be great at being a captain. Whoever Wayne chooses will have the support of the senior boys around them.
“Cam is still young to captain Souths and you wouldn’t to do it to him. He’s a kid and you don’t want to put the pressure on him.
“He’s had a great year this year, let him keep learning and I’m sure he’ll be the captain of Souths one day, if not his state and country if he keeps going the way he does. It’s a matter of time with him. You don’t want the pressure on him now.”
Bennett paid Murray the ultimate compliment when he said: “He’s very balanced, you never go to bed worrying about him and you never get out of bed worrying about how he’s going to play or his behaviour.”
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.