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Reading manager Clarke discusses McShane captaincy

8 August 2015

Clarke explains armband decision

Paul McShane was named as the Royals’ club captain and awarded the armband by Steve Clarke for the first game of the season 2015-16 away at Birmingham City.

Reading boss Clarke had given a number of different players the responsibility of captaining the team on a matchday throughout the pre-season period, but the Irish centre-half was confirmed as the Royals’ skipper ahead of the game.

And Clarke spoke of the qualities that he saw in the defender that helped him come to that decision.

“I bought Paul in for specific reasons over the summer, and on today’s performance you can see he is wholeheartedly 100 per cent committed to this football club already,” said Clarke.

“He’s a good leader on the pitch and we need more leaders.  I shared the armband round during pre-season – I feel everybody should be a captain on and off the pitch.

“He was a big signing for us – he is a leader and has a lot of great qualities.  He leads by example on and off the pitch and that’s what we want from a player.”

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