ASE graduate Jonathan Howson has spoken of his pride at being installed as Leeds United’s captain at the start of the current campaign.
The Leeds-born youngster has overseen three consecutive victories at the start of his tenure as Skipper as the Club look to win promotion at the third time of asking.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post he said:
“It’s a massive achievement for me. It has been an honour leading the lads out over pre-season. I’ve had the captaincy a couple of times before, in games against Huddersfield and Millwall, and that was a big achievement too.”
“I’m over the moon but, at the same time, if it had gone to someone else then it wouldn’t have changed my game at all. There are a few leaders in our dressing room, and a few experienced heads have come in over the summer – guys like Patrick Kisnorbo.”
“We’ve all had a good summer and the new lads have settled in really quickly. It’s been a good performance from everybody in pre-season.”
He went on to say:
“The Club’s desperate to get promotion, and we have been for the couple of seasons we’ve been in League One. It’s easy to say that we shouldn’t be in this league, but the fact is we have actually got to get out of it. You can say it all you like but it’s time for us to do it on the pitch now.”
“The teams that have come down are big sides, and even though Southampton have got a 10-point deduction, we had minus 15 points a couple of seasons ago and sometimes it can drive you on. Time will tell how they do and there are always a couple of surprises as well, sides who aren’t expected to be up there. Peterborough were one last season. I didn’t expect them to do what they did.”
“But I don’t think we should worry about other teams. The season’s about us achieving what we want, not waiting to see what other Clubs do.”