Preston have confirmed the appointment of Greg Cunningham as the new captain.
Well, on a stand in basis anyway. When Tom Clarke has fully recovered from injury he'll regain the armband.
Alex Neil knows the importance of having a fixed captain and this is why Cunningham has been appointed on a temporary basis. When selecting the person the need to be a player who will not only command respect but inspire his teammates.
The captain also needs to be someone the boss feels will play most games and Neil's told the Official Website Cunningham ticks all those boxes.
He said: 'The experienced lads are going to be important and there are always players that the other players look towards and I think Greg is one of those characters in the changing room. While Tom is injured I think it's important that we've got a team captain and I thought Greg fitted the bill perfectly. It's important that your captain is somebody who you would expect to play most of the games for you, hopefully if Greg continues to play as well as he has done then that should remain the case.'
Cunningham will officially wear this for the first time when the Championship season gets underway against Sheffield Wednesday and he can't wait.
The Irishman said it was an honour too but made it perfectly clear how much of a miss Clarke will be and the fact this is merely a short-term fix and he looks forward to passing the armband back to his fellow defender as soon as possible.
He said: 'It`s a great honour for me, I`m really looking forward to getting out there. It`s a great responsibility to have, I`m very grateful for the gaffer for giving me this opportunity. All the family will be over so it will be a proud moment for myself and all the family. I`m looking forward to the first game of the season but there is that added pride.'
Adding: 'I`m looking forward to having that armband until Clarkey comes back. Clarkey`s been phenomenal since I`ve come to the club and he`s been a big loss to us. He`s working hard and we`re dying to get him back as soon as possible. However long I have the armband is however long it is; but I`m hoping Clarkey can get back as soon as possible to help us throughout the season.'
Cunningham went on to talk about pre-season training and how Neil's been working hard to get his message across, which is sinking in but 'is going to take a bit of time until we can perfect that' but there's still a few pre-season games to go.
However, he feels the group is keen to continue the form shown under Simon Grayson now that Neil is in place and this hard work will be reflected in the Championship results this season.
'There`s a hungry group here - a relatively young squad, but in saying that, there is a lot of quality here as well. So we`re looking forward to expressing ourselves this season; working very hard and hopefully the results will show.'