Widdop named as co-captain at St George

England half-back Gareth Widdop has described being named as co-captain of St George for 2016 as an “honour and a privilege”.

The Halifax-born player, who emigrated to Australia with his family as a teenager, will take charge of the Dragons on game day as team captain, with prop Ben Creagh remaining as club captain.

“It’s both an honour and privilege to be named captain of such a proud club like the Dragons,” Widdop told the club’s official website.

“As a child it’s always a dream to someday captain a team so I am very thankful to both Paul and Ben for having faith in me and providing me this opportunity.”

“It’s a new challenge in my career but I know I have the support around me with Ben as well as the senior leadership group and coaching staff.”

“I really felt that for the team to move forward we needed a captain who could play the entire 80 minutes,” said Dragons coach Paul McGregor.

“With Ben now playing in the middle and being regularly interchanged, for me Gareth was the right person.

“Gareth is in an important position, he is on the field and on the ball for most of the game and is at the right age. I also see it as an important part of his development.”