Leigh Centurions have confirmed Micky Higham will be their new club captain.
The 33-year-old returned to Leigh midway through last season for £50,000 and has now been appointed as the captain of his hometown club.
Head coach Paul Rowley made the announcement to the playing squad and support staff during a break in pre-season training in Lanzarote yesterday.
Meanwhile, off-season recruits Cory Paterson and Harrison Hansen will be of the official vice-captains.
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Higham takes the captaincy from Oliver Wilkes who opted to move closer to home and join League One side Barrow Raiders for 2016.
Rowley said: “I was delighted to inform Micky he was my chosen captain for 2016 and what was equally pleasing was his emotional and positive response to the appointment.
“Equally, informing Cory and Harrison of their appointments was also pleasing as they were also delighted with receiving the responsibility of assisting Micky.
“I have taken my time on making the decisions as there are a lot of natural and proven leaders in the squad and I wanted to see how things developed amongst relationships with various players.
“I have always maintained that the role of the captain is vital in terms of communicating with me and the rest of the squad in a positive manner. On the field the players are leaders in their own rights and Micky, Cory and Harrison can harness that and ensure a great level of clear communication between the staff and the players which is key to any successful organisation.”