Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop scored the match-sealing try in Round 24.

Widdop becomes Dragons co-captain

The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced that Ben Creagh will share captaincy responsibilities with Gareth Widdop this season, albeit with the pair having different roles.

Creagh will remains as club captain while Widdop has been named team captain, and will take control of leadership duties on game day.

The addition of Widdop as captain comes after Creagh played much of the season off the bench last year.

"This past season I was playing more off the interchange bench and making less minutes and I believed the team really needed a captain who could play and lead for the entire 80 minutes," Creagh told dragons.com.au.

"With a few little injuries, I am not able to train every session of every day and I really believe that you need your captain out on the field most days during the week as well as that is what is best for the team.

"Gareth's name was the first that came across both our minds as the next person here to lead the club and it's great that Gareth has accepted that role and he's really excited about it."

Widdop, an England international, said he was proud of taking on the new role.

"It's both an honour and privilege to be named captain of such a proud club like the Dragons,” said Widdop.

"As a child it's always a dream to someday captain a team so I am very thankful to both Paul and Ben for having faith in me and providing me this opportunity.

"It's a new challenge in my career but I know I have support around me with Ben as well as the senior leadership group and coaching staff."

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