It would appear that Crawley Town manager Mark Yates seems more concerned over his choice of captaincy for next season than anything else after Sonny Bradley led the Red Devil’s out in Saturday’s friendly.
Crawley Town were relegated from Sky Bet League One last season, finishing in a lowly 22nd position, having amassed 50 points from 46 league games – the Red Devils will undoubtedly be looking for an immediate return to the third tier of English football next season.
Josh Simpson began last season as the club’s captain but was stripped of his duties and transfer listed under former manager John Gregory in November.
Defender Joe Walsh then took over as captain until his transfer to MK Dons, before top scorer Izale McLeod was given the armband for the remainder of the season.
But centre-back Bradley led the side out against Fulham, despite the 30-year-old striker featuring in the side that lost 3-1 to the Championship outfit.
“There are probably three or four candidates (for the captaincy),” Yates said to Crawley News
. “We will see how people adapt over pre-season but he (Bradley) is obviously one of the ones I’m thinking of.”
Despite the absence of the armband, Yates insisted that this is no reflection on McLeod’s future with the League Two club.
“He will score goals and that’s what we want,” he said. “We have a goal-scorer in our midst and they are hard to find sometimes. At the moment nothing has changed.”
Crawley begin their campaign with a trip to one of the promotion favourites, Oxford United, on August 8, before a League Cup tie at Peterborough and their opening home game against AFC Wimbledon.
Crawley fans…Who do you want as captain? Is it unfair that McLeod has been stripped of the captaincy? Does Bradley deserve his opportunity? Please comment below!