Matthew Bates has confirmed that Andrew Davies will be the new club captain at Hartlepool United for the 2018/19 campaign.

The 33-year-old was earmarked for the role as soon as he put pen to paper on his deal at Victoria Park and will wear the armband when Pools kick-off in the National League in just less than two weeks. Having had experience playing at the highest level, Bates feels Davies has all the qualities he’s looking for in a captain – but admitted that every player will have their part to play this term.

“I think giving Andrew the captaincy just freshens things up,” the Pools boss explained. “Carl (Magnay) hasn’t done anything wrong but I spoke to him during the summer and made it clear it was nothing against him but told him I was looking to bring in someone with more experience.

“Obviously the lads have that respect for Andrew as soon as he walks in to the club because of the career he’s had but he’s a great lad off the pitch too and will run the dressing room. A lot can be made of being the captain but we will need more than just Andrew being a leader on the field and it won’t mean that any of the other lads go back in to their shells.

“If you look at this squad you can probably name quite a few contenders for the skipper’s job off the top of your head with Andrew, Carl, Scott Loach, Nicky Featherstone and Liam Noble. That’s good and it’s what we want because it’s about everyone stepping up to the plate and pushing the lads along as a group.”


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