Bolton Wanderers defender Zat Knight is ready to take on the responsibility of leading the Trotters' back-four if Gary Cahill departs the club this summer.
The 25-year-old is expected to make a move away from the Reebok Stadium this summer, with Arsenal and Manchester City touted as potential destinations.
Cahill's absence in the Bolton defence would be tough void to fill for manager Owen Coyle, but according to Knight, the club have a ready made replacement.
"Every game I've been selected I have played 90 minutes, so it shows the manager and his staff have got trust in me," he told the Bolton News.
"Hopefully, that will stand me in good stead for next season.
"My first season here was stop-start. I didn't want to use the excuse of changing clubs but it was a different environment, and everywhere you go, you have got to get used to certain things.
"When the new manager came in, there was a change, and hopefully people saw that in me. It was upsetting getting injured in February but I got back and stamped my place in the team. It's nice when the manager trusts in you that much."
Alongside Knight would be David Wheater, whose opportunities in the Bolton first-team were sporadic due to the inconsistent fitness of Knight, and the 31-year-old believes the pair can work well together next season.
"I know that Wheater is a good defender and expectations are high for him," he added.
"He's had a little taste of things in the England set-up and I do believe he'd like to get back to that level.
"We bought him for a reason. The manager thinks he's good enough if anything were to happen to me or Gaz (Gary Cahill), or there was a loss of form. Next season he'll have been there from the start, so that will be a big challenge for him."