Ashley Westwood has been named as Crewe Alexandra’s Captain for the new season.
Westwood has skippered Alex in the past but only when David Artell or Lee Bell were out injured.
However with both Artell and Bell leaving Gresty Road over the summer Alex boss Steve Davis has decided that Westwood is ready to take over on a permanent basis.
“Ash leads by example and his leadership comes from the quality he shows,” Davis told the club website.
“He can organise, lead and is a local boy who wants to do well for the club.”
The 22-year-old midfielder is a product of the club’s academy and has made 133 appearances since his debut in 2009, scoring 15 times.
In his first full season at the club, Westwood won the club’s player of the season award and featured 47 times last year as the club won promotion to League One. .
“I had to decide on a new captain and there were a few candidates such as Steve [Philips] and Duggy [Adam Dugdale], but I have said before that I want as many captains as possible out on the pitch,” Davis added.