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Hull FC: Vice-captain’s role for Beverley’s Scott Taylor
2016 Steve Prescott Man of Steel Danny Houghton will captain Hull FC in 2018, with Scott Taylor named as vice-captain for the first time.
Houghton is currently celebrating his testimonial season with the club he has served for over ten years and will take the captaincy from the now retired Gareth Ellis.
The 29-year-old has been vice-captain for a number of years and will lead the team out in the season opener against Huddersfield Giants, in what will also be his 300th career appearance.
Meanwhile, Hull-born Taylor, who is also coach of Beverley Amateur Rugby League Football Club, has been handed the role of vice-captain amidst a number of outstanding candidates, including Italian international Mark Minichiello, Tonga captain Sika Manu and Lance Todd Trophy winner Marc Sneyd.
Taylor recently returned from the World Cup with England to receive the news.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford knows there is a wealth of experience at his disposal, but believes his two new leaders are ideally suited for their roles.
“With Danny, he’s a natural successor of Gareth Ellis, because his leadership traits always come to the forefront when he’s on the field of play,” Radford said.
“He know’s what’s required of him as he has undertaken the vice-captain role very professionally in recent years.
“Obviously, it’s taken a while for me to announce this year’s captain, but that was simply down to the fact that we still had players coming through the door earlier this month after playing at the World Cup.”
Houghton leads from the front on the field having claimed the Super League Hitman award in three consecutive seasons, completing over 4,000 tackles in those campaigns.
He will now have the opportunity to lead his home-town club into an action-packed 2018, including the first ever Super League game outside of Europe when Hull FC take on Wigan Warriors in New South Wales.
Having starred in the recent Challenge Cup final victories in 2016 and 2017, the Black and Whites new captain will now be just as keen lead his side to their first Grand Final appearance since 2006.
“Just captaining this squad alone is probably one of the biggest honours of my career, but to lead the side out on a stage like the Challenge Cup Final or the Grand Final, it would be unbelievable,” Houghton explained.
“I’ve had to wait a long time for the announcement – Radders has kept us waiting – but it’s just a dream come true.
“There are so many natural leaders in this squad, so to be named as the captain of the club is a real honour.”
Taylor, who is preparing to enter his third season in a Black & White shirt, has also show strong signs of his leadership attributes both on and off the field.
The England prop forward will assist Houghton in organising the Black & Whites’ bustling pack and he is chomping at the bit to showcase his leadership qualities, whilst he continues to be one the club’s most valuable assets of the field taking part in numerous community activities and fan events.
“I can’t wait to crack on with the new season and get back out on the playing field, especially in my new role as vice-captain,” Taylor said.
“I love representing Hull FC wherever I go and I like to go the extra-mile with helping out in the community and at fan events.
“It is definitely one of the proudest moments of my career and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it now.”