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Clayton honoured by captaincy nod

26 July 2022

Adam Clayton is determined to lead by example after being named Rovers team captain for the 2022/23 season.

The 33-year-old has been selected to wear the armband for the coming campaign and feels he has the qualities for the role.

“I want to lead by example through performance and encouragement, keeping the lads going,” he said.

“It’s the same as what it was before but with the armband, the spotlight is on you to do a bit more.

“It’s about keeping things simple, playing how the manager wants to play, keeping the team ethics at the forefront of your mind and driving everyone.

“We’ve got some very good characters who do all that anyway, and some really good youngsters who are starting to do it.

“I want to help people grow as people and players, and achieve together.”

Prior to joining Rovers in January, Clayton had endured a tough 18-month period where he saw little first team action.

Having been handed the captaincy for the first time in his career, he feels it is just rewards for making it through his difficult spell.

“It justifies the bad times when you just need to get up and drive to work and get through the tough bits,’ he said.

“If you keep going, you keep working, there’s something good again on the other side of it, whatever that might be.

“This is the something on the other side that is very satisfying, and I’m delighted to be the captain.

“It’s something I’ve really wanted to step into in the last few years of my career.

“When I got the news I got on the phone to my dad and all the family are really happy.

“It’s a very proud moment.”

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