Defender, Antony Kay, has expressed his delight of being named as Port Vale’s new captain for the 2017/18 League Two campaign.
Speaking to the media after the Valiants’ excellent 3-1 win at Crawley Town on Saturday, Kay stated that he had a “buzz” after Michael Brown had given him the role as skipper for the new campaign.
The 34-year old was making his debut at the weekend, along with many other players, since signing from Bury in the summer transfer window. Along with the good news pre-match, Antony managed to grab himself a goal which he was clearly delighted with.
He said: “It’s always nice to be named captain.
“At other clubs, I have always been named as captain or vice-captain so I think it comes as second nature to me. But, I think there are a lot of captains in that team – we have a great squad.
“I think the gaffer has built it well with a lot of experience. A lot of players have been captains at other clubs too.”
Despite the good news, the Barnsley-born centre-back says he doesn’t read too much into being named captain of the Valiants but admits that it does have its positive effects.
“You get an extra buzz as a player to be named captain”, said Kay.
“It shows that the gaffer has confidence in you and the players respect you a little bit more. But, there could be about ten captains in the there.”
It proved to be the perfect weekend for Antony and co., as he put Vale further ahead in the 26th minute with a good header at the near post. Although he got his first goal for the football club, Antony focused on snatching the three points on the opening weekend.
“I’m buzzing that I got a goal especially for a defender! It’s always nice to get off the mark.
“But, I’m just happy that we managed to get the three points. We went 2-0 up going into the second-half and we looked pretty comfy in the first-half.
“In the second-half they came out with a change of system and I thought we struggled a little bit to cope with it. They scored, we got back in it and nicked a great goal with Dan [Turner].”