Hull KR are looking for a new captain after Joel Tomkins was granted an early release from his contract.
The 32-year-old was appointed as KR’s skipper at the start of this year following a poll of the players and his departure means Rovers will start the 2020 campaign with a new on-field leader.
Here, Hull Live takes a look at the potential candidates to replace Tomkins.
The experienced back-rower could be considered the obvious choice after leading from the front throughout this season.
Hauraki is highly respected and the kind of player you would want to follow into battle.
It would only be a short-term appointment – with the forward set to retire at the end of next year – but there is no question he has the experience to guide KR into a new era.
The 24-year-old is still learning the game but Tony Smith worked with a young captain at Leeds Rhinos in Kevin Sinfield, who was 22 when he took the job.
Lawler is a local lad so knows exactly what the club means to the fans, which is evident in his whole-hearted performances wherever he is asked to play.
It is a role that the forward could grow into and he is one of the standout options should Smith go for a long-term appointment.
Like Hauraki, the Australian has only been at the club for one season but he too has made a huge impression on and off the field.
Whether it be in the back row or at centre, Linnett has a real presence and is one of Rovers’ biggest attacking threats.
The 30-year-old was part of a successful side at the North Queensland Cowboys and his achievements in the NRL command respect.
A bit of a wildcard option but Crooks would run through a brick wall for the badge.
The centre is only 26 yet has already experienced more than most players do in their career, from playing in the Championship with Doncaster to spending a year in Australia with Parramatta Eels.
Crooks is as brave as they come – the sort of player who wouldn’t ask someone to do something he wouldn’t do himself – and speaks honestly, both important qualities for a captain.
KR will need to bring in around a dozen players with the reserve team to consider and it could well be that one of those new signings is a born leader.
Rovers have lost a lot of experience in the past few months and leadership was an issue as the club became embroiled in another relegation battle.
Next season represents a fresh start under Smith and the Australian may decide to appoint an outsider as his captain.
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