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12:01 28th June 2013

Boss in no rush to appoint new skipper.

Kenny Jackett will spend the coming weeks assessing his squad before making a decision on who will be his captain for the new season.

The boss admitted that there are a few candidates in the frame for the position to lead the team out at Deepdale in five weeks time.

“I will wait and assess them and see who shows leadership qualities and who doesn’t, who wants it,” explained Kenny.

“And also in terms of how the squad progresses, and what I think is needed.

“I don’t want to make someone captain and then suddenly have to take it away from them.

“But I’m comfortable with the fact I haven’t appointed anyone as captain at the moment because when I do, I want it to be someone I stick with.
“It’s not something I’m particularly keen to do or in a hurry to do.

“I’ll look at the squad as they are but what I don’t want to be doing if at all possible is making someone captain and then having to change it.

“Some leadership is always needed in every group and as the dynamics of this group - which happens – we shall see who fills that void because people then do come to the fore.”
Kenny is well aware that among the players made available for transfer are three former captains of the club.

He concedes: “There is a lot of experience there, but it’s a new era here now and I think everyone would agree with my assessment that changes need to be made and it needs to be a more vibrant Wolves side, and I’m sure that will go alongside the captaincy.

“Experience is needed but there are some good young players here to base the future on.

“They won’t be enough just on their own, but they do need an opportunity and I think they’re good enough to take it – a certain amount of them.”

One man being touted for the job is Danny Batth and Kenny admits: “In his position of central defender, you get more captains than anywhere else.

“It’s a good, central position in the team to be a captain which helps.

“But there’s the likes of George Elokobi around as well, Kevin Foley, Richard Stearman, Dave Edwards – these guys are not necessarily youngsters with no experience.

“Wayne Hennessey is coming back, so there are quite a number with quite a high level of experience around and so in terms of the captaincy, leadership and generally knowing your way around a football season, I wouldn’t say we have none or we’re short.

“There are a high number of people here who in football terms have quite a high level of experience.”

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