Being a captain takes all sorts of leadership skills; vocality, communication and an inspiring character are all vital elements of leading a team.
Next up in this series is the Leeds Rhinos, whose current skipper Luke Gale is now 32 years of age.
But, just which three players would take the Rhinos’ mantle within the next decade?
At just 21 years of age, the Leeds centre has already received an England call-up. He suffered a nasty injury midway through 2020 which saw him sidelined for the remainder of the season, but Newman was starting to get into a very impressive run of form. At a club like Leeds Rhinos, and with so many years ahead of him, there is nothing to stop Newman from going right to the top. His leadership skills are incredible despite being barely out of teenage years.
Another Leeds man that has been at the club for the duration of his career so far, Liam Sutcliffe is one of the Rhinos’ most important players, with his utility value and versatility enabling him to put in every position except perhaps prop. Having recently signed a new deal after rumours of an exit, Sutcliffe looks set to be a one-club man and the respect he garners on the field would make him an ideal candidate for skipper in the near future.
With an incredibly mature head on young shoulders, Jack Broadbent is making waves through the Leeds fraternity already. After having a tremendous pre-season, head coach Richard Agar identified the three-quarter as one who caught the eye and boy has he brought that into the 2021 campaign. Covering at both centre and fullback, the youngster has not put a foot wrong and earned the Rhinos’ man-of-the-match for his performance against Castleford.