Sunday 21 July 2019

Gartland gets the nod for captaincy

James Rogers

Brian Gartland will succeed Stephen O'Donnell as the new Dundalk FC club captain for 2019, club head coach Vinny Perth has confirmed.

The 32-year-old centre back is set to step into the role on a permanent basis having taken over the captaincy from the now retired midfielder after he broke his leg in the defeat away to Waterford FC last May.

In his temporary role Gartland, who lives locally in Pearse Park, guided the Lilywhites to a league and FAI Cup double.

While Perth suggested following O'Donnell's retirement last month that the role of captain had yet to be decided, he said a final decision on who should wear the armband was made unanimously on last week's Spanish training camp.

Of the appointment, he said: 'Brian has been appointed captain. He's a leader on and off the pitch for the group.

'I would consider Brian a local now. It's good that people see our captain around town. He should inspire people around town either for young players to stay involved in sport or people in general to support the club.

'He's an exemplary character as a person. He carries himself so well on and off the pitch that I think he represents everything that's right about our group. The management team had a unanimous decision on it. There was no debate about anyone else, it was Brian all the way. 

'We've used the work continuity so much in the off season so it just makes perfect sense that Brian steps up to the plate and becomes the club captain.

'We've a couple of leadership groups to be fair inside the team but Brian is the leader and he's the one that will represent us well.' A decision on the vice-captain will be made later this week.

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