Darren's Clear Instructions

LEAD the way. That's the task that Argyle's Darren Purse has been handed for the new season by Pilgrims' manager Carl Fletcher.

Having played more than 500 competitive games in a career spanning over 18 years, including captaining both Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday, Darren has been handed the role of Argyle Captain in sCarl Fletcher' first full season in charge.

"I'm just honoured really. It's an honour to captain the football club and I'm honoured to be asked to do the job," said Darren.

Having been a captain twice before, Darren has his own thoughts on what a captain needs to have and needs to be able to do.

"I think respect is a big thing. If you've got the respect of the dressing room it always helps. Hopefully I've got that respect now," he said.

"There's a great bunch of lads here and what we did last year was fantastic you know so hopefully I've got the backing of the lads in the dressing room and we can do well.

"It's about controlling the dressing room, making sure nothing gets out of hand. At the end of the day, you're the go between for the players and the manager. That's a big part of it really but on the pitch you are the man the manager looks to in order to get his points across so it's about being vocal and that word respect again really."

Darren wasn't the only person delighted that he has been handed the captaincy.

Gaffer Carl Fletcher was equally pleased that the veteran defender took up his offer to captain the Pilgrims.

Fletch admits though that he had a choice to make before giving it to Darren.

"I think there was a couple of players, Wottsy included, I could have given it to," he said.

"But from a personal view, I wanted a centre half as captain.

"Darren is a natural leader, he's got experience, he's imposing and he's got the respect of everyone in the changing room and it was a no brainer for me really.

"He's one of those people that will help out. He demands very high standards and that's what we want."

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