Hudson thrilled at captaincy
Ryan Hudson has been named as the captain of Castleford Tigers for the second time in his career.
Last Updated: 13/01/09 12:01pm
Ryan Hudson has been chosen to captain Castleford Tigers for the second time in his career.
The former Huddersfield hooker wore the captain's armband during his first spell with the Tigers in 2004.
The 29-year-old rejoined the club from the Giants on a four-year contract and will take over the captaincy from a retiring Awen Guttenbeil.
"It is a great honour for me to be made the Tigers captain again and I'm looking forward to the challenge and hopefully to making a difference," Hudson said.
"It's great to be back at the club and I feel that I have come home. The fans at Cas are for me the best in the league and I hope that they will all get behind us this season.
"They have stuck by the club through the ups and downs of the past few years and I hope that we can reward them.
"Things won't happen overnight but there are plans in place to take the club forward and this is an important season for us that we are all looking forward to."
Hudson left Castleford four years ago to join Bradford. However, he did not make a single appearance for the Bulls after being hit with a two-year drugs ban.
Tigers coach Terry Matterson revealed that there were other players in the running for captaincy before deciding Hudson was the best man for the role.
"It wasn't an easy decision and there were other candidates, including Brent Sherwin who was our co-captain last year," he said.
"Brent, though, hasn't been able to do the full off-season with his foot operation and I wanted him to be able to concentrate on his own game.
"But, in looking at the options, I felt that Ryan had all the right credentials. He has the experience, his position on the field is well suited to being captain, he has a good work ethic and proven leadership skills and I think that he is the right man for the job."