Ashington FC manager Steve Bowey has appointed Wayne Buchanan as his new club captain.
The vastly experienced and popular central defender takes over the role from Craig Scott, who, along with Dale Pearson, Luke Salmon and Dylan Williamson, left the Woodhorn Lane outfit last week.
Bowey revealed that Buchanan was his obvious choice. And the lynchpin – born in Banbridge, Co Down – who came close to sweeping the board at the recent end of season presentations at the club after scooping the Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year trophies and was pipped by goalkeeper Conor Grant for the Manager’s award – cannot wait to start a role, which is not unusual to him.
The 36-year-old – a teaching assistant in special education – said: “I’ve previously held the position as club captain at other clubs and I’m delighted to accept again.
“I have experience as skipper from youth level to Bolton Wanderers youth and reserves then onto Lisburn Distillery who play in the in the Premier League in Northern Ireland.
“I captained them in European football during two campaigns then did the role at Blyth Spartans.”
Buchanan added: “It’s a job which comes naturally to me and I enjoy the responsibility. I’m looking forward to helping the management as well as the players and leading by example on the pitch.
“I was proud when asked by the boss to be club captain and I had no hesitation in accepting it.”
Bowey said: “Wayne was my one and only choice and when I offered him the position, there was a nice little glint in his eyes, which I loved.
“Since I appointed him he’s been brilliant, working alongside my assistant Gareth McAlindon and myself with all three of us doing a spot of overtime.
“Buchanan is a born leader and is relishing the challenge. He has got the experience after playing at the highest level and has got the respect of his teammates.
“Wayne is going to be that link between myself and the players, but the most important thing is that I trust him and in football that goes a long way.
“He’s going to massive for the club, he ticks all the right boxes and I know he’ll relish the added bit of pressure.
“He’s one of the fittest lads at the club and one of the best trainers, and what you see is what you get with him.
“He gives 110 per cent in all he does and I’m sure he is going to thrive on the role and be a pleasure to work with.”