MIDFIELDER Tom Baker will lead FC Halifax Town out for their first Blue Square Bet North League clash of the season at home to Corby on Saturday after boss Neil Aspin handed him the captain’s armband.
Baker, who skippered the side before Aspin’s arrival as manager and is the longest serving player among the current squad, has earned the honour after impressing in his role in the centre of the park where his enthusiasm and will to win is all too obvious to those who have seen him play.
He has led the team during pre-season and will continue to do so as the Shaymen look to enter another era in their resurgence.
Speaking about his decision Aspin said: “Tom is very competitive and has been at Halifax a while now so he knows the club inside out.
“He has also been involved in two promotions and doesn’t miss many matches.
“Anybody who has seen Tom play knows that he leads by example. He was captain before I arrived at Halifax and I think the time is right for him to step back into that role.”
As well as impressing Aspin with his attitude, Baker will undoubtedly have the backing of the dressing room where his winning mentality is certain to have a positive effect.
“Not all the players know Tom yet but they can appreciate what he brings to the team, having seen him in pre-season,” added Aspin.
“When you see him playing games he takes the initiative. He is fearless and fully committed. He will inspire the other players around him and those are the qualities a manager wants to see in his captain.“
Aspin has experienced the level of pride Baker will feel at leading the side out having been captain at Port Vale during his Football League career.
“I know that when I was captain it not only inspired me to go out and play better but it lifted me as a person,” said Aspin.
“It is always a great honour for a player to captain their club and particularly for Tom at a club like Halifax Town.
“He will relish the role and I am confident it will bring the best out of him and the players around him.”