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Lee Martin confirmed as Gillingham captain as playmaker gets more central role

Gills playmaker handed the captain’s armband, as well as a central role in the side, ahead of the first game of the season



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Many were expecting Lee Martin to be like a new signing for the Gills this season. Now we know that he’s not only a major part of manager Adrian Pennock‘s plans, he’s the skipper, too.

Martin was unveiled as the Gills’ captain on Friday ahead of the side’s away opener at Doncaster Rovers, with the former Millwall man relishing the opportunity to lead the side this season.

“Obviously it’s a real honour,” he said.

“I’m delighted.

“Having come back from a serious injury I now feel good and am looking forward to the weekend.

“I think you’ve got to be vocal on the pitch, communicate with the manager and make sure the boys are all right.”

And, after fighting back from a serious knee injury last season only to be played in a host of unfamiliar positions, the Gills playmaker says that he’s been told he’s going to be played in his preferred central role this season.

“The gaffer has given me the option to play more centrally,” he revealed.

“I have always played my best in that role.”

Gills boss Pennock said he was happy with his choice, though he’s expecting all the experienced heads in the squad to lead by example on the pitch.

“Lee possesses all of the qualities a Captain should have, he has the experience and is constantly talking to the boys on the pitch,” he said.

“That said, everyone has a part to play and we want everybody to be leaders when they cross the white line.”