Following Charlie Mulgrew’s season-long loan switch to Wigan Athletic, a ‘new’ member of the Blackburn Rovers squad was selected to wear the armband for the duration of the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
There were plenty of candidates for the role as skipper following the 33-year-old’s exit, with Tony Mowbray eventually handing the armband to Elliott Bennett.
The experienced and versatile fans’ favourite, Bennett’s first official outing as regular skipper saw the 30-year-old oversee a first win of the Championship campaign against Middlesbrough at the weekend.
And the ex-Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion man admitted it was a proud moment when asked to be captain for the campaign.
“It’s an absolute honour to be asked because this is a magnificent football club,” Bennett beamed to iFollow Rovers.
“To have the backing of the boys and the gaffer to take over the role from Charlie while he’s away is a huge honour and one that I’m relishing.
“I don’t feel any extra pressure with it, to be honest. To lead the lads out and to have that responsibility, it’s great, but I don’t think anything will change with me – I’m mouthy in the dressing room anyway.
“Even without being captain, I talk more than anyone anyway. I’m not looking to change who I am. Some of the lads call me Siri, because if you need a question answered you come to me!
“Whether you’re captain or not, whether you’re playing or sitting in the stand, all you want to do is to see the team win,” he added.
“I want to win matches and as captain it makes it all the more satisfying when you achieve that.”