Stevenage in no rush to name captain

Stevenage boss Graham Westley. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Stevenage boss Graham Westley. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss Graham Westley is in no rush to appoint a first team captain ahead of the new season which kicks-off on Saturday.

Centre-half Jon Ashton was last season’s skipper, but following the club’s relegation to League 2 he decided to relinquish the role and focus on his own form and fitness.

Pre-season has seen a number of players take on the duties, however a formal decision on who will captain the side has yet to be taken.

Ahead of Saturday’s season opener at home to Hartlepool United, Westley said: “I don’t even know who will wear the armband at the weekend.

“It’s been handed around during the course of pre-season and to be fair all the lads who have skippered the side have done very well.

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“I’m not in any rush, we are still pulling the squad together at the moment so working out the best leader of the squad when you’re still pulling the squad together, it doesn’t always pay to act in haste.”

The manager has an open mind as to who will become captain and would even consider a number of different players wearing the armband at different times.

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“Lets get them all together, let them get used to each other and I think the leader will naturally evolve,” he said.

“If the leader doesn’t naturally evolve and the players prefer to share the armband then maybe we will do it that way.

“It’s no big deal I’m not feeling in any rush to hand the armband to somebody.”

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