Former Huddersfield captain Leroy Cudjoe has given his backing to new team-mate Aidan Sezer, who replaces him as club captain for 2020.

Half-back Sezer was announced as the Giants’ new on-field leader this morning, ending long-serving Cudjoe’s recent spell in the role.

Giants boss Simon Woolford said he held discussions with Cudjoe before taking the decision, and that both parties agreed the centre didn’t need the additional distraction as he aims to shake off his recent injury issues.

Cudjoe said: “It’s been a privilege to captain my home town club for the last few years and it’s something I will never forget.

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“I’d like to congratulate Aidan on the captaincy. He’s a great leader who has the support of everyone at the club – looking forward to a successful 2020.”

New captain Sezer said: “I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to captain the Giants and have the belief from a great bunch of lads and the coaching staff.

“I feel being a good captain takes selflessness and performance. With these two attributes you can lead effectively.

“I’m now excited about the year ahead, relishing the prospect of being halfback and captain at the Giants, hopefully I can do the badge proud and we as a club can have a good 2020.”

Woolford said: “He’s our on field general and that’s what we bought him here for. Since we brought him in, the impact on the group has been amazing and has made him the natural candidate.

“He’s a leader on and off the field – which is vital when considering your captain

“I had a good chat with Leroy and he supports the decision. He wants to focus on getting fit to play and recovering to make an impact in 2020 and we both felt that he didn’t need the distraction of the captaincy.”