Agar: Appointing Bluey as Wildcats skipper was a fairly easy decision

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has revealed he needed little time to appoint Steve Southern as the club’s captain for Super League XVII.

Agar handed the captain’s armband to the Australian back-row forward in the final training session before the Boxing Day clash at Leeds Rhinos.

The 29-year-old captained the reserve grade at former NRL club Newcastle Knights last season but it’ll be the first time he’ll captain at first grade level.

“It was a fairly easy decision to make,” said Agar.

“Some might say it’s not easy to name a captain at this stage when there’s such a new group of players but Steve is a well respected player and he’s a popular choice among the players.

“He’s a player who knows the game well and he leads by example.”

Southern, affectionately known as ‘Bluey’, captained the Wildcats for the first time at Headingley Carnegie in the Heatshot Festive Challenge.

He succeeds former North Queensland Cowboys team-mate Glenn Morrison as Wakefield skipper.

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