MIKE Cooper will be the man to lead out Warrington Wolves on a historic night at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Monday.

With fans back inside the stadium for the first time in 14 months when The Wire host Huddersfield Giants, head coach Steve Price has handed the captaincy to the experienced Warringtonian forward.

Skipper Jack Hughes misses the Super League Round 6 game against his former club through suspension.

"We're certainly going to miss our captain, Jack," said Price.

"He does a lot in the effort areas that certainly don't get recognised externally but inside our four walls they certainly do.

"He's a tremendous leader, he's well respected and leads from the front around our organisation day to day.

"So we will miss him, but the next man steps up and it's an opportunity for one of our own Warringtonians to make his debut as captain.

"It's a great reward for Mike. He plays the game hard and tough and there's no better reward for a player than back at his own club at the The HJ in front of supporters on Monday."

Price could have called on any number of players in his senior group, including past Wire skipper Chris Hill and players who have held the role at other clubs they have been at such as Gareth Widdop and Greg Inglis.

"We've got a number of good quality players. Gareth Widdop's been fantastic, when Stef Ratchford stepped up past season he has a 100 per cent strike rate as a captain. We've got some leaders there, even GI, but with Mike and how he leads every day I think it's a great reward for him to be able to lead the team out on Monday I feel."

Cooper will continue a family honour, as his uncle Paul Cullen is a former captain of Warrington Wolves.

Price revealed how Coops responded to the news.

"Mike's a pretty reserved type of guy but deep down I know he's honoured to captain our club. He loves the town, he loves Warrington, and I know he's going to do a real good job.

"It's a special moment for Mike and all his family."