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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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McAvoy: My pride at being named skipper

TOP Whitehaven centre Scott McAvoy has spoken of his pride at being named skipper of his hometown club – and his hope of holding on to the role in the future.

Scott McAvoy: Leaving a big hole to fill

Coach Don Gailer named McAvoy (pictured) and the experienced Lee Doran as joint team captains, with respected veteran Howard Hill appointed club captain. And McAvoy couldn’t be happier at his honour.

“When you look back to past captains, such as David Seeds, Aaron Lester and Gary Broadbent, they were legends of the club,” McAvoy said.

“I’m not a legend of the club, but to follow them is quite an honour – that someone should think of me to do it. I’m absolutely delighted.

“It will be a full-on task all season and not something I’ll take lightly. I’ve got to set a good example for the young players coming through and be on the ball all the time.

“I’m not one to sit back and I like to be heard and voice my opinion.

“I am 25 and don’t know what will happen for the rest of the season, but if I have a good one, why not be captain for years to come.

“Lee Doran has been at Widnes and Leigh and you couldn’t ask for a better captain to be with.

“He’s one of the star players and has all the right things to say about everything. I’ll learn loads from him.

“Howard has been there since day one and I haven’t got a bad thing to say about him. The way he trains is immense.

“Unfortunately he’s the wrong age, but he’ll go on until he’s about 50, which isn’t a bad thing. Everyone knows what you get from him.”

Gailer wants McAvoy to learn from Doran but also to bring his own style to the job.

A senior players group will also have a role this term, giving the squad a fresh voice, and to an extent, policing their own conduct.

Haven entertain Gateshead Thunder on Sunday (3pm) in their second Northern Rail Cup clash.

Gailer has asked those players who failed to make the cut for the opener at Hunslet to be patient.

“Twelve players were obviously hurting and thinking what they had to do to get in there, but their attitudes have been good,” the coach said.

“Every week we are going to be in the same situation. They have to keep their heads up, train strongly and wait for their opportunity.

“It’s hard for guys to understand it, but the team named on day one is never going to be the one that runs out in September.

“There will be opportunities and they need to be ready to grab them with both hands.

“For now it’s a character issue – who is willing to go as hard as they can.”

Tickets are now available for a sports evening at the Recre with ex-Haven, London Broncos and England favourite Rob Purdham and Jim Mills, the former Widnes, Wales and Great Britain prop.

“We’re looking forward to a good night with two people from different eras who both played at the top of the game,” said organiser Des Byrne. “I’m sure they’ll have some great stories and memories.”

Tickets cost £5 for vice presidents and £10 for non-members and are available from the Recre and B&H Motors. All are welcome.

The next inductee in to the club’s Hall of Fame will also be revealed on the night.

This week’s Pride of Five £100 winners are: C McFadden, The Pastures, Egremont, with ticket number 2,670; Malcolm Coulthard, Briscoe Mount, Egremont, 1,409; W McLean, Coach Road, Egremont, 1,115; Heidi Seeds, Headlands Drive, Hillcrest, 3,788; K Birkett, Duke Street, Whitehaven, 921.


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