With pre-season looming on the horizon, manager Micheal Clegg has given his first glimpse as to how the team will look come August:

Continuing from the end of last season, it will be no surprise that Players’ Player of the Year Danny Lafferty will captain the team, following the departure of Brad Cooke. Lafferty made his Colls debut back in 2009 and returned in 2016 from Radcliffe Borough to form a formidable partnership with Jamie Forbes as Colls won the North West Counties Premier League. He was a mainstay of the team last season as we achieved our highest ever league position and finished the season winning the Integro League Cup with Danny wearing the captain’s armband.

After returning to the club last season following a spell with Marine, including a Man of the Match performance in the FA Trophy against Colls, Vinny Bailey has been appointed as his deputy. “It’s a privilege to be selected as vice-captain. I’m looking forward to kicking on in the new season and getting started with everyone” said Bailey.

Speaking about the appointments earlier today, Cleggy said:

“It was an easy decision for Danny to be captain and Vinny to be vice-captain. Danny has captained us several times so it’s nothing new to him. He is a natural leader within the squad, he has a great relationship with the staff and he is as committed as they come. If you asked any squad member, who is the first person you would take to battle with you, it would be Laff, a hundred percent.”

“The decision behind Vinny becoming vice-captain was just for the fact he leads on the pitch. The lads look up to him in how he plays. Vinny could of gone anywhere this summer. But it took him literally 30 seconds to decide to stay. That’s the type of lads you need at this level.”

“These two have had a great role model in Brad, and I’m sure they will be extremely proud to lead the club into 2018/2019”

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