Derby County defender Curtis Davies and former Rams pair Martyn Waghorn and Jayden Bogle have both taken to Instagram to react to Tom Lawrence’s emotional message after he was confirmed as the club’s new captain.
It has been confirmed by the Rams that Lawrence will captain Derby next season in the Championship. That comes with Wayne Rooney convinced that the Wales international is ready to step up and play a more senior role within the Rams’ squad and hopes that he can thrive with the extra responsibility that has been placed on his shoulders.
Lawrence is one of the longest-serving players at Derby and although he had an injury-hit campaign last term he still managed to play a part in their survival in the Championship.
The attacker was left out of Wales’ squad for the Euros this summer and will therefore have a point to prove next term for the Rams.
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Following the announcement of him being the new captain of the club, Lawrence took to his personal Instagram account to issue a message to supporters. In which he outlined he will do his best to show he is the right man to be the leader amongst the squad.
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Davies, Waghorn and Bogle were amongst the players to reply to Lawrence’s Instagram message and all three were keen to celebrate him being named the Rams’ new captain and wish him luck with the role during the 2021/22 season.
Being named as Derby’s captain is a huge moment for Lawrence and it seems that Rooney is issuing a challenge to him and wanting him to step up and show leadership on and off the field.
The 27-year-old is at the sort of age now where he needs to start delivering consistently and being a player that the Rams can look to for inspiration on the field.
Davies has been a leader at various clubs he has played for and he will be able to give the Wales international plenty of advice regarding how to conduct himself as the new club captain.
While Waghorn and Bogle will know all about the qualities that Lawrence possesses as a team-mate having played alongside him at Pride Park.
It will be interesting to see how Lawrence adapts to the extra responsibility he has now at Derby and whether it can help him start to make more of a regular impact for them in the Championship. That might be crucial for the Rams’ hopes ahead of what is going to be a difficult campaign for them.