Brown celebrates Giants captaincy

England international Kevin Brown will captain Huddersfield Giants in 2011.

The 26-year-old stand off has been one of Huddersfield’s most consistent performers in recent seasons and signed a new five year deal with the club last June.

He will replace Australian Brett Hodgson, who left to join Warrington Wolves, as the Giants skipper.

Brown made his international debut in 2010 and admits he is honoured to take on the captaincy.

“It’s a tremendous honour for me and one I was delighted to accept, it’s an incredibly proud moment for me and I can’t wait to lead the side in 2011,” he told the club’s website.

“I’ve played under some great captains in my career so far and I’ll be trying to lead by example and be as consistent throughout the year as I can be.

“I’ll try and do my best for the team and be a positive influence on the players both on and off the field. Hopefully if my form is as consistent as possible I can help the younger players along and try and be the best captain that I can be. There are a lot of senior players here and I’m sure they will help me by taking their share of responsibility.”

Huddersfield head coach Nathan Brown believes that the experience within the squad will help the former Wigan player in his new role.

“Kev has shown that he consistently does the right things on and off the field and he is not frightened to challenge other players to do the same, the key thing for him going forward in this role is to be respected, not necessarily liked,” he said.

“The big bonus that Kev will have is that he has a good group of senior players around him who will definitely support him as captain and the fact that he is contracted to the club for the next five years offers some good stability for everyone involved.”

Brown has made 99 Super League appearances for the Giants since initially signing for the club on loan midway through 2006.

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