Briggs appointed Mariners’ captain

Briggs appointed Mariners’ captain

Robert Briggs has been appointed as South Shields’ captain.

The midfielder takes the armband from Jon Shaw, who will continue as a key member of the playing squad but has passed on his captaincy responsibilities after taking the role of joint assistant manager. Blair Adams has been named vice-captain.

Briggs is the longest-serving player in the Mariners’ squad, having made 279 appearances across two spells at the club.

The 28-year-old’s current stint began in August 2015 and he has since been part of three promotion campaigns and six trophy wins.

As Shields prepare to kick-off a new era under the sole management of Graham Fenton, with Shaw and Brian Smith his assistants, Briggs has told of his pride after being entrusted with the armband.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been offered the chance to become captain of the club.

“It’s a great honour for me and there have been some incredible captains in the past, including Leepaul Scroggins, Barrie Smith, Julio Arca and Shawsy.

“I appreciate the faith shown in me by Graham, Jon and Bri, and my aim doesn’t change because I’m now captain.

“Everything is still the same in the sense of trying to be successful at the club and getting the club as far up the football pyramid as possible.

“It’s great to have Blair as vice-captain as well because he is a tremendous player and a big part of the dressing room.

“Again, for me and him the goals don’t change.

“Winning every game we play in is the target.”

Joint assistant manager Jon Shaw said: “After a conversation with Fents and Bri, we’ve decided that with my new added responsibilities as joint assistant manager it’s the right time to pass over the captain’s armband.

“The natural progression from vice-captain and the right man for the job is Briggsy.

“He already acts like a leader in the changing room, on the training pitch and on game day with his performances.

“I’ll be proud to follow him out of the tunnel and I’m sure the lads will be happy with him leading them, which he has done so well on many occasions already.”

Vice-captain Blair Adams said: “I’m proud to have been named vice-captain and it has made me even more excited for the season to be back up and running.

“The squad is ready to go and we are determined to make this a successful season.”