Michael Lawrence says it is in an honour and a privilege to be made captain of his hometown club Huddersfield.
The 30-year-old has made 297 appearances fo the Giants since making his first team debut for the club in 2007. He was also Super League’s top tackler in 2020.
Lawrence has recently been appointed to the Rugby Football League’s inclusion board and will be hoping to represent Jamaica at this year’s World Cup.
He said: “It’s an honour and a privilege. I’m really proud to be appointed, and being a hometown boy and playing for my hometown club it’s really means a lot.
“I think I’ve got similar values to Ken (Davy) and what he wants for the club. It means a lot to me, I want us to be successful and I want to represent the club well.
“We’ve got a great bunch of leaders and senior players in this group and along with Aidan Sezer and Adam O’Brien, the on-field captains, their roles won’t change as much and neither will mine – we’ve got a good group of leaders and we work well together in the coming season.”
Huddersfield coach Ian Watson said: “Arriving at the club, I thought it was important for the club to have a figurehead on the playing side.
“When you come into a new club, you want someone who epitomises what the club represents on and off the field. I’ve been greatly impressed by his attitude, he’s been included on the RFL’s new inclusion board. Huddersfield is a diverse place, and I believe that Michael’s values and attitude mirrors the values of the area, the owner Ken Davy and the club and I wanted someone who was a good representative of the owner, area and the club.
“Aidan Sezer will continue as our captain on the field with Adam O’Brien who both set high standard within the team. I wanted to add someone who would be able to epitomise Huddersfield, and as someone who’s been here his entire career, I believe he can show all of us what’s important to the club and the people of the town, We will all learn from Michael.”