It has been confirmed today that former Leeds Rhinos captain Kallum Watkins will take on the role at Salford Red Devils, his home town club.
It is a heart warming story that has seen Watkins take on the captaincy at a club he was once a ball boy for.
The England international began his career at local team Langworthy Reds before joining Salford at a junior level, his home town side.
He acted as a ball boy for the club before joining Leeds Rhinos where he debuted as a 17-year-old in 2008 even scoring against Wigan Warriors away.
He won three Grand Finals in 2012, 2015 and 2017 as well as winning two Challenge Cups in 2014 and 2015 helping Tom Briscoe devastate Hull KR at Wembley.
He was also a try scorer in the 2012 World Club Challenge win against Manly Sea Eagles. He of course won the League Leaders’ in 2015 and in 2018 he was named captain of Leeds but after a long term injury and a testimonial he left for Gold Coast Titans.
In 2020, he returned to Salford and met Leeds at Wembley but unfortunately his new club lost to his former side.
Now though his career has come full circle with Watkins being named captain.
On this he said: “It’s a massive honour and I’m truly grateful to the coaching staff, the team and the Club for giving me this opportunity to be captain. It’s something I’ll take with both hands.
“For me, it’s just about being myself. I’ve got the opportunity to lead the team and now I’ve got to lead by my actions and get the team where they need to be.”