'Honoured' Hull KR captain Michael Dobson 'staying till 2014 - at the least'
HULL KR's new captain Michael Dobson is honoured to be following in predecessors Mick Vella and Ben Galea's footsteps.
Dobson is the Robins' third skipper in the Super League era and hopes to lead by example.
The 26-year-old acknowledges he won't be the most vocal of captains and intends to let his rugby do the talking.
"It's a massive honour to follow in Mick and Ben's footsteps," Dobson told the Mail.
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"I've learned a lot from them both in the years I have played with them. They both led by example and I intend to do the same as captain.
"I don't think I'll be big on speeches and instead let my actions on the pitch speak for me.
"Hopefully I can be an example off the pitch like Ben as he was the ultimate pro."
The announcement comes amid speculation linking Dobson with a cross-city move to Hull, leading to chairman Neil Hudgell stating he was 'not for sale at any price' earlier this week.
"I'm glad the issue has been put to bed," Dobson said.
"I was in Australia and I heard the rumours. I can assure Rovers fans I'm not going anywhere. Until something comes from the club, I'm here until the end of the 2014 season at least."
Dobson was the natural replacement for Galea, who was released by Rovers at the end of last season and joined Hull.
Galea is one of many high-profile players to leave MS3 Craven Park in the off-season.
Dobson admits they are big losses, but is confident the new recruits are just as capable of returning Rovers to the top eight.
"It's a big loss to lose the players we have," said Dobson.
"But we have experienced players coming in to replace them. Travis Burns has over 150 games in the NRL, while Evarn Tuimavave is also very experienced.
"Sean Gleeson is approaching his mid 20s and he showed how good a player he is last season for Salford."
Dobson wants his side to remain as competitive as they were last season when they lost nine games by six points or less.
If Rovers are to make the play-offs, a lot will depend on Dobson's half-back partnership with Burns.
Burns is expected to miss the first five games as he completes a 12-match suspension carried over from last season in the NRL.
Dobson believes Burns' toughness will add another dimension to the way coach Craig Sandercock sets his side up to play.
"Hopefully my partnership with Travis will be as good as my one with Blake," said Dobson.
"Travis is a tough player and he will always be 100 per cent competitive.
"We have a bit of work to do before the start of the season, but we'll sit down with Craig and see how he wants us to play."