Midfielder Jordan Rossiter spoke to the media after it was announced he would be the new captain for the 2021/22 season, ahead of the weekend's clash against Portsmouth.
Rossiter, who captained the side multiple times during pre-season, has officially been handed the armband for the upcoming season and he is relishing the new responsibility that comes with that, which starts with the club's league opener against Pompey at Highbury on Saturday.
Here's what Jordan had to say in his latest interview:
On his newly assigned captaincy…
“I’m delighted - for the gaffer to give me the armband and the opportunity to lead the lads was great to hear. The captaincy won’t change me as a player either on or off the pitch, I’m just going to be the same as I always am - it’s good that the gaffer is trusting me with the armband, and I can’t wait to wear it this season.
“I’m an easy-going lad and feel like I want to take on all the added responsibility. I’m always here to help anyone no matter what the situation is but, I don’t think it’ll change much on a day-to-day basis as it’s a really good dressing room, the only thing that’s changed is I’ll have something on my arm on Saturday.”
On the season opener against Portsmouth…
“It’s going to be a tough game against Portsmouth, every game is going to be tough no matter who you play. They were up there last year and were in the play-offs the year before, it’s going to be physical but, hopefully, we can put in a good performance as the home team and get those three points.
“I think we have a really good group here, both on and off the pitch, and couple that with an undefeated pre-season, where we won four and drew one, it gives us a good platform for when the real football starts on Saturday, where everyone will see what we are all about as a team.”
On the return of fans…
“As footballers, that’s what we look forward to. When you go away, you’re getting booed and jeered but when you’re at home, you have the fans behind you, and which pushes you on. Last year, it didn’t feel like real football – it felt a bit fake – so it’s good to have the fans back.
“I’m sure the fans are delighted to be back so it’s just up to us now to go and entertain them. It’s so good to have them back, creating a matchday atmosphere, which is what we all want, and life is starting to get back to normal, which is again what we all want.”
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