Last Updated: 11/01/19 6:16pm
Shaun Lunt has stepped down as captain of Hull KR following a health scare.
The 31-year-old former Huddersfield and Leeds hooker, who has led Rovers for the last two years, spent three weeks in hospital towards the end of the 2018 season with what turned out to be an abscess on his spine.
Lunt will miss the start of the new season and has announced his decision to relinquish the captaincy, as he focuses on his rehabilitation.
“I thought that with everything I went through last year, I’ve got to concentrate on my health,” he said.
“I’ve got a long way to go to get back to 100 per cent. In terms of captaincy and the added pressure, I feel like I didn’t need it.
Danny McGuire is a candidate to become Hull KR captain
“I need to be selfish and worry about myself – and make sure that my health is 100 per cent.
“Another thing is that I haven’t really focused on pre-season just yet – I don’t think I am in a position to have earned it.
“The lads have worked hard all pre-season, so I don’t think I deserved it this year.
“It was a great honour to help lead this club and something I have really cherished these last two seasons.”
Former Leeds skipper Danny McGuire, who will be making the 2019 season his last as a player, is fancied to take over the captaincy.