HALIFAX coach Matt Calland has named hooker Sean Penkywicz as the club’s captain for 2011.
Penkywicz’s appointment, which was announced to his teammates during the weekend’s training trip to RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire, marks a return to tradition after last year’s experiment with a five-man Melbourne Storm-style ‘leadership group’.
Fax are not the only English club reverting to a single leader this year, with Super League champions Wigan also ditching the collective concept after a single season and handing the top job back to Sean O’Loughlin.
“I wouldn’t say it didn’t work, but I’m not sure it’s ideally suited to a part-time environment,” said Calland, who has named veteran forwards Jim Gannon and Dave Larder as vice captain and club captain respectively.
“I think it’s different if you can sit down with a group and involve them in making decisions, but that’s not something we get the chance to do.
“Sean’s really put his hand up over the winter: He was one of the first people to agree to take a pay cut, his form in the friendlies has shown what he is about and he really wants the job.
“Jim’s got so much experience at the top level and understands the game so well that he will be an important influence in the dressing room.
“And even though we don’t expect Dave to be playing every week this year, you always want him to be involved because he’s such a model professional.
“I think he’ll be an important link between the players and the coaching staff.
“I’m happy we’ve made some good choices.”
YESTERDAY’S Jon Clarke testimonial match between Warrington and Wigan was postponed due to a frozen pitch and re-arranged for Wednesday.
THREE people who have given outstanding off-field service to the sport are to join the RFL Roll of Honour in 2011.
They are Martin Coyd, Raymond Fletcher and June Kennedy.
Coyd has been a key figure behind the sport’s continued success in the Army. Fletcher was the RFL’s official statistician from 1981 until his retirement this month while Kennedy has been chief executive of Workington Town for 32 years.