Wolverhampton Wanderers’ new captain Roger Johnson has spoken about the “great honour” of being named skipper by Mick McCarthy for the coming season so soon after his arrival at Molineux.
The former Birmingham City defender, who was out on the golf course with his Wolves teammates yesterday as part of a break from pre-season preparations, admitted that the decision was a surprise after making the Midlands switch earlier in the summer.
Johnson said: "It's amazing to be honest. I had the armband at Wycombe before and a spell at Cardiff but to be made captain here after only being here a short while is unbelievable.
"It's a great honour and I'm over the moon. I'm really grateful to be given the chance to be captain of such a good team and such a good group of lads and I'm not going to let them down."
But the 28-year-old added that it won’t change his focus or style when he gets on the pitch. “I've always been a vocal player - that's just how I am - and the gaffer has clearly seen something which he likes. It's not going to affect how I play," he continued.
"There is probably bit more stuff behind the scenes that I'll have to do but nothing will change on the pitch.”
Wolves are about to embark on their third season in the Barclays Premier League, and Johnson is relishing the opportunity to lead the team in the coming battle for survival, which begins against Blackburn on August 13.
There is still one more chance to iron out any problems in Wolves’ final pre-season fixture, at home to Real Zaragoza, and the skipper is confident the team will be ready for the new campaign in ten days.
“I'm loving it here at the moment. I knew the lads were good here but probably didn't know how good," said Johnson. "Saturday's friendly is the last game before the season starts and we'll be looking to put in a performance and get another result.
"Hopefully we can go on from there ready for the start of the season with Blackburn the following week."