Matt Prior reveals why he didn’t want to be Leeds Rhinos captain

When Matt Prior was made captain of the Leeds Rhinos during the 2021 Super League season, everyone thought it was natural selection given his leadership skills on the field.

The 34-year-old made the switch to the West Yorkshire club ahead of the 2020 Super League season, at a time when the world was about to change completely.

Despite that, Prior put his best foot forward and excelled thousands of miles away from home, but the captaincy is something that he doesn’t want.

“The thing about it was, I was taking it home a bit too much and I couldn’t switch off from being captain,” Prior revealed.

“That’s something I don’t really enjoy as I wanted to get away from footy and relax and I feel like I was thinking about footy too much on my days off.

“It was just better handing it over to someone else.”

Instead, head coach Richard Agar has named Kruise Leeming as his new skipper for 2020, and Prior thinks it is an excellent appointment.

“I think it’s a great appointment choosing Kruise, he leads by example, he’s a great speaker and very determined.

“He’s got all the attributes to make a great captain and I think he will.”

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