Whitby Town have named attacking midfielder Steven Snaith as their new first-team captain for the coming season.
Snaith, 22, rejoined the club from Guisborough Town in July and takes the armband from its previous incumbent Mark Robinson.
Robinson will however take on the role of club captain and will take the armband in the absence of Snaith.
The new skipper is looking forward to taking on the role, although admitted it wasn’t an easy decision for his manager.
“Chris [Hardy] came up to me and asked me how I’d feel about about taking the captaincy.” Snaith told the Whitby Gazette.
“Obviously I told him I’d love to be captain.
“It was at that point he said we’ll give it a go, but it was between me and someone else.
“It was about a week later that he put his arm around me and told me that he wanted me to be his captain.
“It is an honour but it’s one of those things that I’ve talked to my Dad about, as well as Robbo and he’s going to help me through it.
“If I do anything wrong or if I need to do anything, he’s going to be there for me to help me through.
“I don’t feel any pressure on me. I’ve been a captain before and it’s my style of play to lead by example. I believe I’m a leader on and off the pitch.
“I just want the lads to do well. Hopefully that starts on Saturday with three points.”
Boss Hardy informed supporters of his decision to hand the armband to Snaith via his post-match interview after the 1-1 draw with Scarborough, and believes that the role will suit ex-Hartlepool United man well.
“This is a role I believe Steve can develop into first and foremost,” Hardy added.
“He leads by example and if we can get the best out of Steve then it can impact on others in the team.”
Snaith is still a slight doubt going into Saturday’s season opener at Sutton Coldfield due to an ankle injury, but is hoping that he can feature following a week of intensive treatment from club physio Paul Scott.