Hull FC have announced that Danny Houghton will captain the club in 2018, with fellow hull born Scott Taylor named as vice-captain ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
The 2016 Steve Prescott Man of Steel Danny Houghton, who the club recently played a testimonial fixture for has been given the role, and many will agree it was the natural decision for Lee Radford to make.
Houghton, who is currently celebrating his testimonial season with the club has served over ten years with the black and whites and will take command from Gareth Ellis who retired at the end of 2017 to take up his own new role as the club’s Director of Football.
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 recently returned from the World Cup with England to receive the news he would be 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.
Head coach Lee Radford commented:
“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, and the stats are testiment to that fact, having bagged the Super League Hitman award in three consecutive seasons and completing over 4,000 tackles in those campaigns.
Now he’ll have the opportunity to lead his Hull into the 2018 BetFred Super League, which includes the first ever league fixture to take place outside of Europe when Hull FC take on Wigan Warriors in Wollongong, 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.
Speaking on his new role, Danny commented:
“I’ve had to wait a long time for the announcement – Radders has kept us waiting – but it’s just a dream come true”
“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, or ‘Tag’ as he is better known around the training camp is preparing to enter his third season in a Black & White shirt, and like Danny 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.
Scott Taylor spoke to the official club website:
“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,”
“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.”