The England international is now in his third season with the Dragons, having previously plied his tried for Melbourne Storm between 2010-2013, and has been named alongside Ben Creagh to lead the club through next season.
With Creagh now becoming an impact player from the substitues bench, the Dragons felt they needed a leader on the pitch at all times and thus appointed the Halifax-born halfback as the team captain for next season, with Creagh still operating in his club captain role.
The 26 year-old has already told of his delight at being able to fulfill a childhood ambition of his to become a captain as a rugby league payer.
“It’s both an honour and privilege to be named captain of such a proud club like the Dragons,” Widdop told dragons.com.au.
“As a child it’s always a dream to someday captain a team so I am very thankful to both Paul and Ben for having faith in me and providing me this opportunity.”
“It’s a new challenge in my career but I know I have the support around me with Ben as well as the senior leadership group and coaching staff.”