Kevin Brown: Widnes Vikings captain hopes to lead by example

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown scored 17 tries in 29 appearances for Widnes last season

Widnes Vikings stand-off Kevin Brown says he hopes to lead the side by his performances after being appointed captain for 2015.

The 30-year-old spent time as skipper last season along with the now retired Jon Clarke, but will take the armband on a permanent basis next year.

Brown moved to the Vikings from Huddersfield in 2012, having also skippered the Giants.

"I try to lead by example and be one of those leadership players," said Brown.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "I think we've got quite a few in the squad at the minute, with Danny Tickle, Hep Cahill and Rhys Hanbury, so there are quite a few of us in there.

"I was captain at Huddersfield for a few years and I enjoyed that and I've been lucky enough to be under a few good captains, none more so than Clarkey, and I'll hopefully do a good job taking over his armband."

Jon Clarke and Adrian Morley
Jon Clarke (left) captained Widnes last season but has become the club's strength and conditioning coach after retiring

Head coach Denis Betts has added just three players to last year's squad, with Aaron Heremaia,Manase Manuokafoa and Chris Clarkson joining for the 2015 campaign.

Brown, who began his career at Wigan, believes that can be beneficial to the team that reached the play-offs for the first time in the Super League era.

"We've not had a massive amount of turnover which probably for the fans is a bit boring but for the players it's business as usual," he said.

"The continuity that we have from day one, with just having three quality additions rather than six or seven, you can hit the ground running and start from where you left off.

"You get used to each other and I think that's what we'll have from the start of games."

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