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"I'm pleased to be named captain and I genuinely enjoy the responsibilities it brings." Coventry City's Sam Ricketts

4 August 2015

The new skipper is also looking forward to kicking the season off against Wigan at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday...

Coventry City defender Sam Ricketts has expressed his delight at being named the new Sky Blues captain for the 2015/16 season.

The 33-year old was officially named skipper yesterday after having the armband three times over the pre-season schedule.

Ricketts has previous experience in the role as he captained Wolves to the League One title in 2013/14 and admitted that he enjoys the responsibility of being the club captain.

"I'm delighted to get the captaincy," Ricketts said.

"I had the armband over pre-season but I still really didn't expect it officially, I read that the manager was looking at a few options but I still didn't expect it at any stage. I'm pleased and I genuinely enjoy the responsibilities being a captain brings.

"I've settled in with a group of really good lads and staff at Ryton, it's been an easy transition.

"The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me, particularly as a new player at the club so I want to repay that and help us to a successful season."

The Sky Blues kick-off their season against Wigan Athletic on Saturday and Ricketts is looking forward to leading the team out for the opening game of the season.

The defender expects a stern test against the recently relegated Latics but is hopeful that the crowd can help City start the season positively.

He continued: "It's a great way to start the season.

"We're all looking forward to it against one of the favourites to win the league. They're a good side and it will be a tough game, but I'm looking forward to playing at the Ricoh Arena.

"Everyone wants to start the season well and the home support can help give us a massive boost. The squad are looking forward to the game and we all can't wait to get going."

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