Written by Sam Wide (@sjwidey).
With Ollie Clarke reuniting with Graham at Mansfield and Tony ‘Millwall Tone’ Craig leaving the club this summer, The Gas have been left no clear successor to the Rovers captaincy. There are a few players in the squad who could make the step up to the role, but what are their chances?
The 28 year old made 12 league appearances for the gas last year, scoring once. He is one of the oldest players at the club, as Garner’s youth revolution has begun to take full effect. Could he make the step up to captain the club? He took the armband at least once last season when Ollie and Tony were both unavailable, however his injury record and the rumoured arrival of new centre backs this summer look set to curtail his game time, and some have suggested he should be allowed to move on if an opportunity presents itself. Can we really name someone captain if they’re not likely to play most weeks? 4/10
A signing greeted with a fair degree of ‘meh’ when he arrived last summer, Anssi has been a revelation in between the sticks this season. His injury in January coincided with our drop in form for the next few months. He’s shown a good command of his area since his arrival and at 33 he’s an elder statesman of the club. He could certainly make the step up and become (probably) the first non-Brit to captain the club. 7/10
The all-battling centre mid has become something of a fan favourite since his arrival at the club, impressing with his fight and determination. He was listed, however unofficially, as the clubs third captain on Wikipedia last season and could potentially be trusted with the armband. However will Garner stick with Ogogo in the centre of the park? The summer could see Garner bring in a new defensive mid, especially if the rumours of the arrival of Josh Grant are to be believed. 6/10
Could the West-Country Pirlo be the man to step up to the role of captain? His passing range and vision are certainly good attributes for a leader to have, and he has the ability to play the attractive and creative football Garner wants to bring to the club. However questions must be asked of whether he has the nasty streak of a captain to stand up for his teammates when called upon. 5/10
Going full on left-field with this one. Could Rovers make our talisman our captain as well? It worked for Cantona at United… apart from when he Kung-fu kicked that guy. I could 100% have seen this move under Coughlan, if for not other reason that he could threaten to take it back off him every Friday before a game. However I suspect the club will want him to focus on scoring goals and not have the burden of captaincy as well. 3/10
The people’s choice. The local lad. One of our own etc. The boyhood Gashead would certainly be many fans choice for the role, and he has even professed his desire to captain Rovers one day. At just 22 and with less than a full season of first team football under his belt it is likely to soon for the young defender. Don’t be surprised to see him captaining the club one day, and I would love to see him made Vice Captain to whomever is made captain. 5/10
A new arrival?
With a big summer of movement expected at the gas, there is a very real possibility of a fresh arrival being made club captain. Gillingham skipper Max Ehmer has been linked, with the post reporting that he will sign soon. He, or someone in his mould, would be an excellent option to lead the club, bringing rafts of experience with them to the young ranks at Rovers. 8/10
What do you think Gasheads? Let us know in the comments down below.