Nathan Pond is ready to pass on the experience of more than a decade at Highbury having been named the new captain of Fleetwood Town.
The 30-year-old centre half is entering his 13th season with Town - having joined when the club was playing in the North West Counties league.
Antoni Sarcevic will be his vice captain, a massive vote of confidence in a young player who matured massively during last season’s debut League One campaign.
Pond knows just what responsibilty the armband brings and made clear his pride.
He said: “I am delighted with the decision.
“The vice-captain will be Antoni Sarcevic and I think every team needs more than one leader on the pitch.
“It was a proud moment when I found out.
“We have had three or four different captains throughout pre-season.
“I have tried to lead by example every day and I am over the moon to be the new Fleetwood Town captain.
“Myself and Sarc know exactly what the club is all about.
“We have both been here a long time now. O
ur characters will not change however we will continue to be exactly how we have been.
“We will try and pass our experiences on and say what we think needs to be said.”
Sarcevic has been with Fleetwood for two seasons.
His goal at Wembley earned Town promotion to League One and the 23-year-old is ready to help the club push on again.
And he is relishing his new status as a role model to the club’s new crop of hungry young stars.
“There are a few younger lads in the team this season,” said the midfielder.
“The squad has changed and myself and Pondy will be trying to lead by example.
“The club have a new structure in place which is great. We have to keep on doing what we are doing and behave in the right way. We are focused on having a good season.
“We have a lot of good options throughout the team and it is exactly what we need.”