Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has confirmed that Max Power will be the new team captain for the 2020/2021 season.
After last season’s disappointment which saw the Black Cats finish eighth in League One and fail to secure either a promotion or play-off place, Parkinson has been busy preparing his side for a third stint in England’s third tier.
Six new signings have arrived at the Stadium of Light with Danny Graham being the biggest name to sign on the dotted line for the Wearsiders.
With the pressure firmly on Parkinson’s shoulders, a decision has now been made on Power being the new team captain.
Aside from confirming Power’s captaincy, it has also been confirmed that Grant Leadbitter and Bailey Wright be Club Captain and Vice-Captain, respectively.
Former Wigan Athletic midfielder Power has made 85 appearances for the Black Cats, netting seven goals and gaining 4 assists.
Speaking about the announcement on captains, Parkinson said: “Grant has returned to the group for pre-season and has been a massive plus for us. He has come back to the club in excellent condition and trained well, and he has also really helped the younger players within the group. He has the club at heart and is desperate to have an impact on the pitch, which I’m sure he will, and he will be an invaluable asset for us throughout the season.
“We are fortunate to have a squad of players with an abundance of leadership qualities, and Max and Bailey epitomise that. They both lead by example and like Grant, they will be key to establishing a culture within the dressing room that will drive the club forward throughout the season.”
Sunderland will face Bristol Rovers this coming Saturday (12/9) as the League One season kicks off.
This seems like a good decision as Power has the experience and will likely be a key player for Sunderland next season.
With Power, Leadbitter and Wright all leading the club for the new season, Parkinson can feel assured that he has the right men by his side.
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