THERE’S a new captain of the ship at Shawbridge.
Blues boss Paul Moore has chosen Ollie Devenney as the club’s new skipper, replacing Lee Pugh, who has been named vice-captain.
Moore is confident the prolific midfielder can be the driving force behind Clitheroe’s 2012/13 campaign.
“Towards the end of last season I felt Ollie was Clitheroe’s key player, and he was the top scorer in the side from midfield,” he said.
“I wanted somebody with a little bit of swagger about him, and was able to get the respect of the lads in the dressing room.
“Ollie listens carefully to what I want, and is capable of taking that out on to the pitch.
“He’s still got a bit of work to do in all departments, he’s by no means the finished article, but he’s got the attributes and he’s a great captain in the making.
“He is a good player, he’s a focal point in the squad, and he will develop as time goes by.
“He will have to grow in to the role, and he’s highly thought of by everyone.
“He’s got the respect of other team-mates, due to his ability and he’s willing to take on board my ideas and plans and project those on the pitch.
“Lee has done a sound job and he’s a great player, but I just wanted to change things a bit. He’s not done anything wrong at all.
“ Lee will be my vice-captain, and he’ll get the armband when Ollie isn’t available.”
With the Evo-Stik League fixtures for the forthcoming campaign being unveiled tomorrow, and with the pre-season schedule fast approaching, Moore is eager to get his team in place sooner rather than later.
“I’ve got a couple of possible new faces coming in this week,” he said.
“I’m having a look at two strikers and a centre-back, who I will run the rule over when we play against him in a pre-season friendly.
“Those are the two positions I’m looking to improve on at the minute. I’m not saying what we’ve got isn’t good enough, but there’s always room for good players in your squad.
“We’ll see what the first 10 games bring, and take it from there.
“I’ve got 17 players on forms now so we are looking good with that. There’s about another seven or eight to still sign on. It’s all looking pretty good to be honest.”
Meanwhile, Clitheroe will host Radcliffe Borough in the FA Cup on August 25th, and travel to Northwich in the FA Trophy on September 15th.