Gareth Ellis named Hull captain for Super League XVIII

Gareth Ellis
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Hull appoint new signing Gareth Ellis as their captain ahead of the upcoming Super League season.

Hull have named new signing Gareth Ellis as their new captain ahead of the new Super League campaign.

Ellis, 31, who joined Hull on a three-year contract from NRL side Wests Tigers, will take over the role from Andy Lynch.

Hull coach Peter Gentle said: "Andy has done a great job for us in a testing year at times but we felt that we were going into a new era for the team and a fresh start for everyone and Gareth seemed like the perfect candidate.

"He is a strong character, a natural leader and instils a culture around the club that we feel is very important and, having seen how he has fitted into the squad, we felt he was a natural captain."

Ellis will lead his new team for the first time in next Friday's Super League opener against former club Leeds Rhinos.

He said it would be a "very special moment" when he leads his team out at Headingley.

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