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O’Connor named club captain

11 September 2021

Anthony O’Connor has been named the Shrimps captain for the 2021/22 campaign.

The Irishman, who joined the club in June, takes the armband following Sam Lavelle’s deadline day departure to Charlton Athletic last month.

Speaking following the appointment, manager Stephen Robinson says O’Connor is a good fit for the role.

“Ant [O’Connor] is a boy who leads by example,” Robinson said.

“He trains well every day, he’s a tough boy as well and he’s vocal, I think that’s the one thing we don’t have too many voices in the team.

“We’re very, very quiet and young and Ant probably stands out, that’s his quality where he stands out in terms of his communication.”

The Shrimps boss also admits the club is lucky to boast several leaders within the squad.

“We’ve got some very good, experienced older pro’s,” Robinson said.

“What I do is try and get a group of boys to try and look after the dressing room and the team, the captaincy is just someone who has the armband.

“I’ve got four or five captains really, the boys know that, they’re the ones that lead the dressing room and lead the team, but it’s probably his talking to the younger players on the pitch and organising on and off the pitch is probably what sets Ant apart.”

Whilst saying the role of captain is an honour, new skipper O'Connor echoes the sentiments of Robinson that it's important to have a team full of leaders.

"I'm honoured and privileged," O'Connor said.

"It doesn't change anything with me, I'll just be the same as I've always been, all that changes now is that there's an armband around my arm and that's it.

"I'm honoured that the gaffer has given me that responsibility, but the way I see it is that there should be 11 lads on that pitch leading the team.

"Just because there's an armband around my arm doesn't necessarily mean that I'm the one that should be doing all the talking, there's 11 on the pitch that should be doing that but like I said, I'm really honoured and privileged and hopefully I can lead in my own way. 

"Sam [Lavelle] was a great captain but I'll try and lead the team in the way that I think is right and hopefully I'll lead by example on the pitch."

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