Cudjoe to captain Huddersfield

Huddersfield Giants head coach Rick Stone has named Leroy Cudjoe as Claret and Gold captain for the upcoming 2017 BetFred Super League campaign.

Huddersfield-born Cudjoe has spent his whole career with the Giants and most recently cleaned up at the 2016 end of season awards winning Supporters and Players Player of the Year.

Cudjoe said: “It’s great to be named captain and a very proud moment for me in my career.

“It was a shock when Rick asked me but it was something I was keen on doing and it’s even better that it’s my hometown club, a place where I grow up and live.”

Ryan Hinchcliffe, Danny Brough and Michael Lawrence have all been named vice captains for this year and Cudjoe is glad to have their experience alongside him:

“Having Broughy, Hinchy and Bruno all there to help me along is massive,” he said.

‘All three have a great amount of experience and I think it’s a good mix of having people with a voice around the boys and people who lead by actions.

“There are also players like Jermaine and Raps [Sam Rapira] who have played at the highest level and are great leaders too so it’s good having them around too.”

The Giants face Widnes Vikings at the Select Security Stadium in their Super League opener on Friday 10th February.

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“To be honest I’ve not thought too much about leading the boys out and the other stuff,” Cudjoe said.

“I’m just focused on doing my job and doing what I’ve been doing the last few years within the squad along with the other leadership boys and try to create a good culture and help us push one another.

“The aim this season is to make the top eight, that’s the first priority after that we can start to think about other things but we just want to take it one game at a time and play consistent all year.

“I think it [the captaincy] will be something I look back on when my career is over.”

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