Liam to wear the captain's armband for the 2014-15 season
Micky Mellon has announced that Liam Lawrence will be the Shrewsbury Town captain for the 2014-15 season.
Liam has worn the armband for some of the pre-season gamed and so have Mark Ellis, Scott Vernon and Connor Goldson.
After discussions with his coaching staff and other members of his squad, Micky came to the popular decision last week to hand the role to the former Irish international.
“We’ve had a chat amongst everyone and we are going to go with Liam Lawrence as captain for the season ahead,” revealed Micky.
“With the experience he's had and the example he shows everyone and the way he conducts himself both on and off the training pitch he is an example to all players.
“He is a good guy and I communicate well with him and with the dressing room through him.
“I believe that he will have an all round influence with everyone at the football club.”
The captain is an important role at any club as it acts as the bridge between the manager and the dressing room. Micky believes he has chosen the right man to achieve that and also act as a role model for the squad.
"The responsibility for Liam is to keep the lads noses all pointing in the right direction," he added.
“I don’t have that access to the dressing room so he has to make sure that everyone in there is bang onside and we are all pulling the same way.
“More than that is the example that he will set, he has the standards and behaviour both on and off the pitch that I want the rest of the lads to match.
“He is still hungry to do very, very well and we are all delighted that he is going to have the armband for the season ahead.”
There were a number of candidates for the captain's role but Micky is expecting all his players to be leaders. He wants everyone to have their word and voice when it comes to the season ahead as Town look to compete for a return to the SkyBet League 1.
"Liam is wearing the armband but I expect everyone to lead and take control of their own destinies for the positions that they are playing in.
“We want everyone to have their opinion and to express their points of view and we can make the team better from their viewpoint.
“You have to pick someone that you want to communicate to the group through, there is a group of five or six that we have regular meetings with but Liam is the one to wear the armband.”