ST MIRREN manager Danny Lennon handed the captain’s armband to midfield enforcer Jim Goodwin yesterday as he confirmed the Irishman as his skipper for the new season.
Goodwin, 29, has led out the Buddies in pre-season warm-up games this summer and will continue in the role after impressing Lennon with his captaincy skills.
His first competitive game as skipper will see him line-up against the man he has succeeded – former Saints defender John Potter – when the Paisley team face SPL new boys Dunfermline in their season opener on Monday night.
And former Celtic, Stockport and Hamilton battler Goodwin insists that, even though he’ll be the man calling the coin toss at East End Park, he expects plenty of his Buddies to follow him out of the trenches.
He told Express Sports: “It has been an honour to lead out the team in the pre-season friendlies and I’m happy to help out in that respect.
“I’d been hanging around the manager all week to see if he was going to give me the nod on a permanent basis but he wasn’t giving me any indication!
“I’m delighted to be named St Mirren captain but the most important thing is that we have plenty of leaders in that dressing room.
“Even though I’ll be wearing the armband, we’ve got other lads in there who can lead by example too and they don’t need to be named captain to prove what they can do.”
The former Irish international star has impressed since making the move to St Mirren Park from Accies last January.
His tenacity and determination were key in convincing gaffer Lennon to bring him to Paisley and those same qualities went in his favour as the manager picked him ahead of other potential skippers such as midfield colleague Steven Thomson and defender Lee Mair.
Lennon said: “Jim has good experience, he’s a great communicator and has tremendous knowledge of the game, so he is the ideal man to be our club captain this season.
“He will be a buffer between the staff and the players. I’m looking for someone to take my ethos and philosophy and pass it onto the lads in the dressing room.
“Jim is a guy who leads by example. I’ve just come out of the gym and he’s been in there with Graham Carey, giving him encouragement and pushing him on, which is brilliant to see.
“He’s a top professional.”