Jay McEveley has spoken of his pride at being named Sheffield United captain, writes James Shield.
The defender was confirmed as Michael Doyle’s successor before today’s League One curtainraiser at Gillingham after impressing new manager Nigel Adkins during pre-season.
“I’m really proud,” McEveley told The Star. “Extremely proud in fact.
“I’ve come back and worked as I always have. During training, in the gym and in games.”
Doyle vacated the post when he was released by Adkins’ predecessor Nigel Clough following United’s defeat in the play-offs last term.
“Doyler was a great captain for this club for a good long while,” McEveley added. “The gaffer pulled me aside the other day, after giving me the armband for quite a few of the warm-up fixtures, and told me that I’d be keeping it. I was over the moon.
“I can’t relax and I won’t be taking things easy. I can’t.
“But I’ll enjoy the responsibility. In fact, I think I’ll thrive on that.”