Matt will lead Knights by example

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Matt Challinor was the obvious choice for the captain's role according to Brett Davey.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Matt Challinor was the obvious choice for the captain's role according to Brett Davey.

KNIGHTS director of rugby Brett Davey says there was only one choice when selecting the club’s new skipper.

After assessing the new look Knights squad, Davey and his coaching staff unanimously selected lock Matt Challinor to replace Chris Hallam as skipper.

Davey said: “It was important for us to assess the whole squad but there was one person who stood out for us.

“Matt is a fantastic servant to this club and a born leader, he was the obvious choice.

“He’s a Yorkshireman, he’s proud to be part of this club and he leads by example.

“Not one player in the squad could say that Matt doesn’t give his all for this club.

“He doesn’t say a lot but what he does say is worth listening to.”

Challinor’s appointment proved a popular one at a packed supporters’ event at Castle Park last week.

Addressing the crowd, the 27-year-old said: “It’s a massive honour for me to captain this club being a local lad.

“I played against Doncaster in the lower leagues coming up and for Rotherham and I’ve always been envious of the club and where they have managed to get to.

“I’m determined to do my best.

“We’ve had a tough pre-season and we can’t wait to get going.”

Out-going skipper Hallam (pictured, inset) has dropped into the vice captain role after a tough season which saw him play through injury for several months.

The was no cover for the scrum half following Lee Audis’ horrendous car crash last December.

And Davey thought it best that Hallam’s responsibilities were eased following a draining campaign.

He said: “Chris played through incredible injuries and wasn’t helped by circumstances – obviously the situation with Lee Audis didn’t help.

“Chris was overloaded with an incredible amount of work but he led us superbly as captain.

“He’s had a tough pre-season because he’s still recuperating from the injuries he had last season.

“Chris hasn’t played much of a part in pre-season because he’s doing a massive amount of rehab for his injuries.

“It’s a big challenge for Matt to fill Chris’ boots as captain but Chris will be there to support him as vice captain.”