HULL FC: Lynch honoured to captain Black and Whites
NEW Hull FC captain Andy Lynch says he is massively honoured to have the opportunity to lead the Black and Whites into a new era.
Lynch was confirmed as the successor to Craig Fitzgibbon at last night's fans forum and will lead Hull out for the first time on Sunday in the derby at the KC Stadium.
Despite having captained both England and former club Bradford, the prop said he didn't expect the position but is nevertheless humbled at being given the armband at the KC Stadium.
"It is a great honour, especially to be asked to captain such a massive club as Hull FC," Lynch told the Mail.
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"I know I've got big boots to fill following Craig Fitzgibbon as captain and also the great players who have led this side down the years, but I'll do my very best to do that."
Proud to be given the armband, Lynch always seemed a logical choice due to his experience and leadership qualities. But he insists he will not change how he approaches games for Hull.
He added: "There are a lot of leaders in this side and nothing changes my approach. I will get on with my job the way I did before the announcement."
Lynch was only told of his appointment yesterday lunchtime and received a standing ovation from his team-mates following the announcement.
Asked why he had chosen Lynch, coach Peter Gentle said he was the standout candidate.
Gentle added: "Andy has that leadership quality about him. I wanted to sit back and see how he fitted into the group before making the decision, but his leadership qualities shone through and it was the logical choice.
"It isn't just what he brings us on the field it is the Monday to Friday impact he has on the group too.
"Being a captain is not a job to Andy, it is just who he is and what he does."