New Captain ready to take the lead
Huddersfield Town’s Lee Peltier told htafc.com that he is looking forward to helping the Club’s young players develop in his new role as Captain.
Mark Robins confirmed that the defender would skipper the Terriers for the 2014/15 season on Thursday (click HERE
for info) and Peltier said it was an honour to accept the role: “It is a massive honour and I am looking forward to walking out on Saturday for a Club that I love being at. I am really enjoying my time, just like I did last time around. It means a lot to me and my family to skipper the team.
“When I signed the Manager told me that he expects me to be a big character within the team. I have a lot of experience under my belt and there are a lot of young players here who need some guidance. I am naturally a person who likes to lead; I enjoy talking and helping the lads and I don’t mind shouting at people, but I expect it all back. You need more than one captain in a team.
“There are plenty of leaders in this team and we all need to help each other out; from the backroom staff to the First Team players.”
In terms of players who he has admired as leaders, Peltier named two from his time at Leeds United: “Although they didn’t captain the Club, the likes of Michael Brown and Stephen Warnock had big influences on the team. They have been there and done it at the highest level and I learned a lot from them.”
When Peltier left the Club back in 2011 to join Leicester City, Town had only been based at PPG Canalside for six months. The first stages of development had just begun and following years of hard work Peltier was impressed by the transformation upon his return.
“Everything has changed! The facilities and playing staff has improved – there is a feel good factor around the place. The look of the changing ground helps attract players; it is the place where they spend most of their time. PPG Canalside is our place of work and I enjoy coming to work every day. There is still plenty of other stuff going on around the place as we speak.”
On Town’s pre-season, he said: “The trip to Portugal went well and it gave me and a few of the lads a good chance to get to know the team. We worked on a few things such as different formations as well as improving our fitness. The Manager made it quite clear that the team wasn’t good enough defensively last year and that is an area that he wants to improve.”
Like Peltier and Adam Hammill, new recruit Conor Coady learned his trade in the Liverpool Academy and Lee remembers a promising young midfielder.
“He has settled in really well, but he does make me feel old,” joked Lee. “When we were both in the Liverpool Academy, I was graduating when he was in the Under-13s! He was a good little player and it looks like he was developed into an excellent one. He has had a good schooling at Liverpool, but he still wants to learn. Hopefully he will do well for the Club.”
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