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New Wolves skipper is a natural-born leader

Roger takes on the armband with the best wishes of former skipper. (©PAphotos)
Roger takes on the armband with the best wishes of former skipper. (©PAphotos).

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ new captain Roger Johnson has received the thumbs up from the club’s previous skipper Karl Henry and former manager Dave Jones.

The two former Wolves leaders gave their support to the ex-Birmingham City defender, who has taken the armband before getting a single league game under his belt for the club.

"I was extremely proud to have been captain of Wolves for the last three years," said Henry, who was succeeded in his role by Johnson’s £4.5 million arrival.

"I would like to wish Roger all the best as he takes on the captaincy, and from my point of view I am concentrating now on my game and having a good season for Wolves. We have all been working very hard and are looking forward to the final friendly before the real thing begins at Blackburn next weekend."

Johnson responded: "In the three seasons Karl has had the captaincy, the club has won promotion and stayed in the Premier League for the last two years, so they are big shoes to fill and he's a popular character. Hopefully I can do a good job and earn the respect of the boys.

"There's no problem and I'm sure Karl's the same and there's certainly no beef between us. I like him and I'm sure we'll become friends.”

Meanwhile, Dave Jones, who managed the West Midlands side for three years before moving to Cardiff City, gave a strong endorsement of the Surrey-born defender, who he managed at the Welsh club for three years.

“Roger is a leader, an organiser, a motivator and a talker on the pitch who leads by example. He’s a big lad with a big, booming voice which helps with commanding people around him. If you watch Roger train, he does it the same way as he plays and it’s very difficult to get him off the pitch.


 

“Managers like that because it sets the right example. Captaining Wolves is a big feat but, I have no doubt that Roger will be a very good skipper for the club and one of the better ones for Wolves," he said. “Roger wants the best and that’s the sign of a good captain. He can be quite abrasive when he needs to be.”

All eyes are now turning to Johnson, who remains Mick McCarthy’s major summer signing, and the big centre back sees his form peaking at just the right time for Wolves.

"I'm supposedly peaking now - they say defenders peak from the age of 28 to 32 - so hopefully all four of those will be in the Premier League,” Johnson said.

"I definitely see Wolves progressing in that time. There was only about 10 points between the whole of the bottom half of the table last season so there's definitely a chance to finish mid-table or in the top half. There's no reason why that can't happen at all."

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