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Huddersfield Giants give Kevin Brown captain's armband

Kevin Brown
Brown was the Giants coach's and supporters' player of the year in 2010

Huddersfield Giants stand-off Kevin Brown has been named captain for the forthcoming Super League XVI season.

Brown, who made his England debut in 2010, as well as signing a new five-year deal, succeeds Brett Hodgson following his move to Warrington.

Brown, 26, told the Giants website: "It's a tremendous honour for me.

"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."

Brown, who won his first England cap against France in June last year, added: "I'll try to 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 be the best captain I can.

"There is a real excitement around the place about being part of such a great club. Hopefully we can take that into the season and have a great year."

Giants head coach Nathan Brown said: "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 in this role is to be respected, not necessarily liked.

"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."

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