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Leading by example

12 July 2012

Gary Doherty and Matt Bloomfield have spoken of their pride at being named captain and vice-captain respectively by manager Gary Waddock.

Waddock informed the experienced duo of his decision last week before telling the rest of the squad on Monday. "It's obviously a great honour," said Doherty, who has Premier League experience and 34 Republic of Ireland caps to his name. added: "I don't envisage it changing my game too much to be honest. I'll always try and do my bit and help out the lads around me. The 32-year-old, speaking to, 

"I'm delighted the gaffer has made me captain and it's something that will hopefully develop my play and help the team. I'm really looking forward to the challenge."


"I think the main thing as captain is to lead by example and get your performance right. That's what the best captains do - they hit seven out of 10 every week and I'll be trying to do the same.

"The gaffer had a quiet word with me and told me his intentions. I was delighted and it's a big honour."

"Doc is a fantastic choice and all the boys respect him. He's had a fantastic career and leads by example, it's a great choice.

"I'm very proud to be vice-captain of a club that means so much to me," said the 28-year-old.

Like Doherty, he is a popular figure on and off the pitch, as well as being the club's PFA representative.

Long-serving midfielder Bloomfield, who is entering his ninth season as a Wanderer, has made 286 appearances for the club since joining from Ipswich Town in December 2003.

"If the young lads come and ask for a bit of advice then that would be nice, and hopefully I can point them in the right direction on and off the pitch.

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