Steve McNulty was the obvious choice to be York City’s captain for the new season, explained manager Steve Watson.

The York boss made the decision on Friday to announce the captaincy, just a day prior to the club’s opening National League North fixture with Altrincham, which they won 3-1.

He gave the armband to 35-year-old defender McNulty, a summer signing from Tranmere Rovers where he led the Merseyside club to back-to-back promotions from the National League to League 1.

It meant a change in captaincy from striker Jordan Burrow who held the position last season while Sean Newton, Paddy McLaughlin and Andy Bond were also considered for the role.

Watson said the decision was a relatively straight-forward one considering McNulty’s experience in the game.

“I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to work out how we came to the decision to give Steve the captaincy,” laughed Watson.

“He’s been the captain at Tranmere who have had back-to-back promotions in their last two seasons to League 2 and League 1.”

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