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White: Captaincy is an honour

26 July 2013

New Club captain on being given the armband

John White says he was honoured to be given the captain’s armband by Blues boss Phil Brown.

Brown confirmed after Wednesday’s game against Real Madrid C that John would be Blues’ Club captain, and the defender is relishing the task.

White said: “The manager pulled me to one side on the morning of the game and said I would be the new captain, I was thrilled at the news.

“It’s a big responsibility but it is one I’m really looking forward to and hopefully I can lead the team to success this season.

“There’s some other experienced and vocal players in the team like Michael Timlin, Luke Prosser, Mark Phillips and so on, and I know they will all do their bit out on the pitch.

“I was captain at youth level but I know from Colchester having been close with the captains there exactly what is expected of me.

“I don’t really see it being any more pressure, it’s now part of my job and I’m keen to prove that the manager made a good decision.”

Brown was keen to stamp his mark on the team and consequently named John as captain.

Blues’ boss said: “I felt I needed to make it a Phil Brown Southend United and a good way to do that was for the captain to be someone who I had signed.

“John is very professional both on and off the pitch and works extremely hard. He’s a consistent player and that’s important.

“I had five or six options if I’m honest but I opted for John because I’m confident he’ll do a fantastic job as captain of this football club.”

An interview with John and Phil talking about the appointment can be found on our official YouTube channel.

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