Hull FC: Captain no more, but Andy Lynch insists he'll lead from front
ANDY Lynch insists he will still lead from the front for Hull FC this year and has sent out a warning to rival teams that he's fitter than ever.
The 33-year-old may have lost the captaincy of the Black and Whites to good friend Gareth Ellis, but Lynch's approach to the game, and his club, will remain the same.
The former Bradford Bulls player featured in every Super League game of 2012 for Hull, despite playing from round one of the campaign with a fractured wrist.
Following a tough pre-season, Lynch says he's now fitter and stronger than ever before. And the man who regularly played 70 minutes in games at prop for Hull last season is prepared to do it all again this year, and even more.
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"I'm not the sort of player who saves himself in games or hides away so I can stay on the pitch longer," Lynch told the Mail.
"It is my job to give everything I've got for as long as I am out there and when the coach feels it is time to bring me off the pitch, then is the chance to get a rest, but not while you're out there.
"It is my job to take the ball up, so I cannot stand back and let someone else do my job.
"I am selfish because I don't like coming off the pitch, but I wouldn't stay out there to the detriment of the team.
"If Pete needs me to play a lot of minutes, I'm ready.
"I feel ready to get going and pre-season has been a really good one for me. I feel fitter than I have ever been.
"It's not just me but all the lads, we are ahead of our targets and times we were setting last season and I feel great."