John White has been named captain for the 2021/22 season.
White was signed by manager Phil Brown in 2013 and has made 272 appearances for the club since joining from Colchester United.
The centre back, 35, was captain when Blues won promotion to League One under Brown in 2015.
Now heading into the start of the Vanarama National League season, and also his testimonial year, White will lead the team out starting with the first game against King’s Lynn Town tomorrow.
"It was something that was on my mind when I first came back to the football club, having made John my captain first time around because he was my first signing all them years back,” said manager Phil Brown.
"He’s a consummate professional, he’s never been a problem to me off the field of play, certainly on the field of play the only issues I’ve had with regards to John would be an injury and nothing else. I could always rely on him, he’s seven out of 10 every week.
"He’s not the most vocal of captains but he does say his part off the field of play, and he canvasses people and the changing room to get an opinion to give to me on numerous occasions.
"So all of those things have been ticking boxes for me.
"He was the first one to put pen to paper in the summer. He wanted to stay here and put right the wrongs of the last two years.
"With that in mind I thought if we can harness that energy and that commitment more importantly, I think we’ve got a captain in the making that I had when I first arrived.
"The difficulty was there was a lot of candidates but what John is going to head up under my guidance is a committee of captains basically.
"He has the club at heart, the stature and everything was right for me going into a season of unknown, and John will lead the club into the campaign with the aplomb that I think he carries."
White himself added: "It’s something that I never take for granted.
"It’s never a given and it’s a huge honour for me personally to be leading the team out again.
"I will lead by example and set my standards high so that rubs off on the people around me and bring them along with me."
"We’ve got a good mixture of young and experienced [players] in the changing room. Having those leaders in the squad and in the team, hopefully we can look after the changing room ourselves with the right structure, discipline but also that fun that keeps us in good stead for the games coming up.
"It feels like a fresh start with the new lads that have come in and the ones that have stayed from last season. With the gaffer coming back ready to attack things it just feels like we’re at the start of something new that will hopefully take us in the right direction.
"We put pressure on ourselves to set high standards and be where we need to be in the league and we want a good start on Saturday."