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Schofield wants Anderson to skipper a team of leaders

25 January 2023

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Schofield wants Anderson to skipper a team of leaders

25 January 2023

Danny Schofield may have left the decision to his squad but felt Tom Anderson was the ideal choice to be named the new Rovers captain.

The head coach organised a secret ballot of his players to determine who would replace Adam Clayton as first team skipper, with Anderson emerging as the unanimous choice.

Explaining his move to hand the power to his squad, Schofield said: “We had a meeting and an anonymous vote for who would be captain and vice captain. It was unanimous that Tom was the one.

“I’d discussed it with the coaching staff and the wider staff and they thought it was a good route to go down.

“I’m a coach that wants to make the players accountable and responsible for their actions and really involve them in big decisions, which this one is. It’s important to get not only the players’ opinions and thoughts but to also have them drive things.

“As a coach we have a way we want to play and how we want to coach but we also want the players to really drive that going forward.

“It’s about building relationships. When this is done and gone and I’m not at the club anymore, I think the things that stand are relationships. That’s the things you remember more than anything else.

“We want to grow that, build it and build a culture and environment. It’s not easy to do and you can talk about it a lot but I think we’re a way into it.”

Tommy Rowe has been named vice-captain, alongside his role as club captain, following the vote.

And Schofield admits he is looking to generate a team full of leaders as he progresses with the squad.

He said: “When we read the decision out, I said to the players that I wanted all of them to be leaders in their own right.

“I believe everyone can be a leader. I don’t think leaders are born but you develop it over time. You pick things up on your journey.

“Some are more vocal than others but if you have high standards and behaviours and every single one of us adhere to that, then you can have a team full of leaders, which is what I’m wanting."


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