WAYNE GODWIN has expressed his desire to become Dewsbury Rams captain after penning a one-year deal with the Championship club.
Godwin, 31, was last week unveiled as the Rams’ marquee signing for 2014 following an illustrious 13-year stint in the sport’s top flight.
A former England international, the ex-Wigan, Hull, Castleford and Bradford hooker arrives having been released by Salford.
And after being reunited with one-time Bulls teammate Glenn Morrison, the Rams’ head coach, Godwin says the idea of skippering the Heavy Woollen outfit in 2014 excites him.
“I feel I can bring my leadership skills to the club, but I would absolutely love to be captain," said Godwin, pictured.
“I am delighted to have signed and I am extremely excited about next season, working with my pal Morro.
“We were great friends at Bradford and we have stayed in touch ever since.
“When it became apparent that nothing was happening for me in Super League we spoke and the deal is now done.
“I feel I have a huge amount to prove, though, and I need to earn the respect of my teammates first and foremost.
“My place in the side is not guaranteed and I am a big believer in earning your place, I have always stood by that.
“I just can’t wait to get started. I want to prove the doubters wrong, I still felt I had another Super League season in me. I fully intend to show those people that I was right."
Godwin, who debuted as a professional in 2001, underwent surgery to correct a finger injury last month and has also overcome an Achilles problem.
But he is adamant he will be fully fit in time for pre-season training, which begins in November.
“I feel great at the moment," claimed Godwin.
“Every player picks up knocks during a season, it is part and parcel of the game.
“I had a tendon in my finger re-fused and that is pretty much healed up now and the Achilles problem, which kept me out towards the end of last season with Salford, has gone.
“There isn’t a player in this sport who doesn’t carry some form of injury at some stage in a season, but it isn’t going to affect me next year."
Godwin was one of seven new signings confirmed at a fans’ forum last Friday.
The other recruits include Jobe Murphy, who spent time with the club on dual-registration terms with Bradford last term.
Anthony Thackeray, Tom Hemingway, Louis Sheriff, Matthew Haggerty and Shaun Robinson are also on board.
And the club is expected to announce the capture of Chris Aiton later this month, providing the Papua New Guinean brother of Wakefield’s Paul Aiton can obtain the required work permit.
“Morro has put together a very capable squad, which I believe could compete for trophies next season.
“I am a big fan of the Championship and I already know a lot of the boys, so settling in should be easy.
“There are some big-name players on the books already and there is plenty to be optimistic about."
By Ryan Sparks