Diamond Waiting 'Band

Last updated : 13 July 2009 By Stand Free Ed

DONS defender Zander Diamond is desperate to captain Aberdeen next season — but boss Mark McGhee will take his time to assess all the candidates for the prestigious role.

The new Dons boss will share the armband among a group of players during Aberdeen's pre-season games before deciding who will best lead the team in the upcoming season.

The captaincy is up for grabs following the departure of Scott Severin to Watford, and wholehearted centre-back Diamond is desperate to show that he can make the step up from the vice-captain's role he has held in recent seasons.

The 24-year-old former Scotland Under-21 skipper said: "I've just came back as a normal player and I'm working hard in training and hopefully doing enough.

"I've come through the ranks and for all the scouts and the coaching staff who have worked with me, I'm sure it would be an honour for them as well to see a player who has come through the ranks captaining the club.

"We will wait and see and maybe we will talk about it over in Austria. If it happens, it happens.

"If the role was to come up, I would be grateful."

New Dons gaffer Mark McGhee will wait until just before the SPL season kicks off before making a decision.

And Diamond is likely to have competition for the armband from goalkeeper Jamie Langfield and midfielder Mark Kerr, as well as the new signings that McGhee is likely to make in the coming weeks.

McGhee said: "I'll appoint the skipper probably the week before the Celtic game.

"In between time, I'll experiment a little bit. I'll see who's suited to it and who wants it. By the Celtic game, we'll have a captain."

In June, we asked Aberdeen-Mad visitors to vote who they'd like to see as the new captain. After our most popular poll this season, these were the results:

Who should be the Dons' new club captain?
Pos Player % Vote
1. Zander Diamond 67.2%
2. Mark Kerr 10.3%
3. Jamie Langfield 9.5%
4. Gary McDonald 6.0%
5. Darren Mackie 2.6%
6. Lee Miller 2.6%
7. Derek Young 1.7%

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