Tykes: Defender Bobby wants Hassell of Barnsley captaincy

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BOBBY Hassell has told The Star it would be an “honour” if he was asked to be the new Barnsley captain.

But the popular Reds defender is realistic enough to realise new manager Keith Hill could hand the skipper’s armband to anyone of a string of players in the current squad.

Experience is certainly on Hassell’s side as he approaches nearly 250 appearances for the Reds since joining the club back in July 2004. He is the club’s current longest-serving player and was the club’s vice captain last season under former boss Mark Robins.

With last season’s skipper, Jason Shackell having left for Derby County this summer, the armband is up for grabs.

“It would be an honour if I was asked to be the Barnsley captain, it would make me very proud if I got that opportunity,” Hassell said.

“But I’m just concentrating on playing well this season and helping the team, it would be great if we could break into the top half of the table.

“I’ve never been one to turn down a challenge and if I did get asked to be the captain I’d give 100 percent like I do with everything else, but it’s not something that’s on my mind right now.

“When new managers come in they tend to want to bring in their own captain, so maybe that’s the way Keith Hill will go.”

New signing Rob Edwards, 28, could be in line for the job with his experience of having played at a high level with Aston Villa, Wolves and Blackpool holding him in good stead to replace Shackell as the club captain.

Former skipper Stephen Foster and Andy Gray both have plenty of experience, especially at Championship level and are viable contenders for the role too.

“First and foremost it’s about performing well next season for me,” added Hassell.

“I’m sure there’s quite a few players in line for the captaincy, but we’ve have to wait and see what the gaffer eventually decides.”

The Reds started pre-season training on Thursday with fitness tests.

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