Mark Milligan has been named as captain ahead of the 2019/20 season.
The former Hibernian midfielder was Kevin Bond’s second signing at Roots Hall this summer.
And the 33-year-old Australian, who also captains his country, hopes his experience will be key to helping Blues this season.
"I’m very pleased,” said Milligan. “It’s a nice responsibility.
"It’s not something we’ve spoken about a great deal but it’s something that I will take very seriously.
"I like to lead by example and I’ll do the absolute best I can.
"I’ve been fortunate enough to be captain in a number of teams that I’ve been at and hopefully my experiences over my footballing journey can help here.”
Bond said it was Milligan’s experience over anything else which is why he’s handed him the role.
"At the back end of last season we had a couple of captains. Jason Demetriou was captain in my first game, then we had another game and I think I had three in total.
"Sam Mantom is a blinding individual and I love to him to bits, but my decision to make Milly captain is not a reflection on Sam or anyone else in any shape or form. It’s more of a reflection on Milly than anyone else.
"It’s what he offers us and brings to the group. To bring that out of him I felt I needed to make that decision."