Admirable Nelson

ARGYLE first-team coach Paul Wotton has heaped praise on Pilgrims' captain and ever-present Curtis Nelson.

Youth-team product Curtis has been captain of the first team since April 2013, when he was appointed the club's youngest ever captain since Norman Piper in 1967. He has gone on to make 217 appearances for Argyle at the young of age of 22.

“That takes some doing and fair play to him," said Wottsy. "He trains hard every day and he’s a good professional. He’s a good example to players coming through the academy system.

“Nelse has done great. He’s got lots to work on still that he knows about, things that will improve him as a footballer. At the minute, he’s doing okay and, at the minute, he’s part of a successful team.

“Every player in the world can improve on something. There’s certain things that can hopefully take him to the next level which would be great to see. 

"He’s a fantastic athlete: strength-wise, power and pace. Physically, he can play as high as he wants to, really.”

As a man who knows what it takes to skipper a team, Paul notices attributes in the No. 5  that help him accelerate his given role. 

"I think he’s improving as a captain all the time," he said. "There are things off the pitch that a lot of people don’t realise you have to do as a captain, which I was never too keen on, to be honest, when I was captain.

“Curtis is a good organiser; he keeps the boys together in the changing room and that type of thing. I think he’s learning and improving every day.”