Former Australian international Terry Campese has been named as Hull Kingston Rovers’ new captain for the 2015 season.
Arriving at the club over the festive period having spent his entire career at Canberra Raiders in the NRL, the experienced half back has quickly settled into life at the KC Lightstream Stadium and has been chosen by head coach Chris Chester to lead a new-look squad in Super League XX.
Campese takes over as skipper following the departure of last season’s co-captains Josh Hodgson and Travis Burns and the ex-New South Wales representative said he’s excited about the role.
“It’s a huge honour for me. This club’s got a lot of history behind it, it’s a very proud club and I can’t wait to run out there with the boys,” he said.
“Being captain does come with a bit of added pressure, people expect you to perform and lead the team each and every week and that’s something I’m keen to do here. I want to knuckle down and play my best
football for this club.
“I think when playing in the halves you have to grow up quite quickly and boss the senior players around. When I first joined Canberra, I played with some greats of the game and I had to learn to do that.
“Taking on that responsibility is something that came quite naturally and quickly to me and it’s something I love doing. I love leading the boys out and I can’t wait to lead out this Rovers team, get out there and play in front of this home crowd.
“I think we’re in for an exciting year and hopefully 2015 can be the season fans see Hull Kingston Rovers creep up that table again.”
An experienced playmaker who has captained Canberra for the past three seasons, Campese has racked up more than 100 appearances in the NRL as well as earning representative honours with Australia, New South Wales and the Country Origin side.
Capable of playing at stand off or scrum half, the 30-year-old has also received awards for his work in the community Down Under, winning the Ken Stephen Medal for his off-field role at the Raiders and raising more than $300,000 for local charities via his own Terry Campese Foundation.
Speaking to www.hullkr.co.uk, head coach Chris Chester said choosing Campese as his new skipper was a natural choice, whilst the Robins boss also explained his reasons for not selecting an official vice-captain.
“I thought Terry was a natural candidate. He’s an experienced player and he’s been captain for Canberra, but it’s more what he brings to the role off the field as well,” he said.
“He sets certain standards at training and is very clear on how he wants his team to be off the field. I’ve been really impressed with how he’s settled in and brought everybody together. He’s a genuinely good guy and he made it an easy decision for me.
“We had some other good candidates for the captaincy in Darrell Goulding, Mick Weyman and Tyrone McCarthy and while we haven’t chosen a vice-captain, I want to encourage all of the boys to be leaders and speak their minds. I think they will be able to do that this year, they’re a good group and a very close group.”