Hull Kingston Rovers have announced the appointments of Shaun Kenny-Dowall as captain, and Elliot Minchella as vice-captain for the 2021 campaign.
Both players joined ahead of 2020 and were almost ever-present throughout. Kenny-Dowall took up the leadership role in the absence of Mose Masoe and Weller Hauraki.
Despite a tough debut season with the Robins, the former NRL and Kiwi-International made positive ground in impressing the coaching staff and earning the respect of the players with his resilience and leadership skills.
Minchella, Rovers’ new vice-captain, sent waves through the topflight as he marked his return to Super League with an outstanding season, earning the respect of his peers, picking up the Player’s Player Award.
Head Coach Tony Smith is thrilled with his appointments, speaking in his interview with KRTV: “Elliot Minchella has accepted our offer to be vice-captain and we are delighted.
“It’s a reward for how he has approached his time here and I think it is a show of respect for what he has earned. That role is also a case of Elliot being shaped into his future as well.
“We have asked Shaun to be our club-captain this year. It’s a pretty obvious choice within the way he leads us and the respect he earned from all of us throughout the whole club.
“By his own admittance, he would have like to have played better last year, but it wasn’t through a lack of effort.
“I’ve had good conversations with him about it often that some overseas players struggle in their first year and don’t hit the heights that they would like to or have before.”