Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock has admitted that it is a significant honour to the captain of the Elland Road side.
The former England international said as much in a wide reaching interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I’ve been fortunate to be captain at Blackburn and Aston Villa,” Warnock said.
“It’s something I didn’t expect here because Jason was captain at the beginning of the season.
“It is always an honour to be captain of a club, especially one as big as this.
“Neil’s rewarded me with that and I appreciate it a lot. I’ll help him as much as I can by helping the young kids on the pitch.
“That’s my role as a senior player and you take it on naturally as you get older but we’re a young squad and there aren’t many players over 30 here so [being captain] is an important role.
“We’re probably seeing the next 10 years of Leeds United coming through at the moment. Things look healthy with the way the academy’s producing players.
“And there are more coming through as well.”
The ex-Aston Villa man has captained other sides, including the Midlands club and Leeds’ Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers.
However, his most recent appointment, which has never been formalised, came with the appointment of Neil Redfearn as Leeds manager on a permanent basis after the sacking for Darko Milanic by Massimo Cellino.
Prior to that, Jason Pearce was handed the armband by Dave Hockaday, who was sacked after six games in charge of the Whites.
Warnock has had a difficult time at Leeds, often criticised, and last season he struggled slightly with form.
This season he has been one of Leeds’ best players, and his appointment as captain has been understandable, given the leadership he offers in defence.