Liam Moore reflected on his pride at being named Reading's new Club Captain, fresh from the intensive first training session on the club's pre-season training camp in Spain.
The choice of Moore as skipper was an unsurprising one. Having worn the armband for the majority of last season, standing in for the injured Paul McShane, the 26-year-old was awarded the full-time captaincy of the Royals ahead of the new campaign.
Following three years at the club, Moore spoke of his pride at taking on the armband on a permanent basis.
"I'm extremely proud. It's a role I wanted, I didn't shy away from that," he smiled. "When I got told on Thursday or Friday, it was a massive relief and a great sense of pride as well.
"It's not just for me, it's for my family. They've known for a long time that it's a role that I wanted to fill - it's another dream of mine ticked off.
"As captain, you've got to lead the team - I believe I can do that. I've got a never-say-die attitude that I'm going to try and install into the young guys coming into the team as well.
"I think I'm reliable - that's a big thing. My teammates can look to the side and know I'm there, no matter how the game's going, I'll always be there.
"I just want to lead the team to the highest possible finish we can achieve. We have two weeks together, it's an unbelievable opportunity for the young lads.
"It's something you dream of as a young lad coming up. It's the perfect opportunity to show yourself, and they've got to take it with both hands."
The group of Royals in Spain is a young one, with two-thirds of the travelling players coming from our Academy ranks - several of which being established professionals, and others hoping to break into the first team for the first time.
Two weeks is ample time to impress the manager, with six matches set to be played while the Royals are in Estepona.
Moore is expecting a busy and productive time on the training pitches, though, adding: "I'm expecting it to be tough. There's a lot of games, the facilities are nice, we can get some really good training in.
"There's been a purpose-built gym for us, which is amazing - we can get some good gym work in as well.
"We want to get some solid work in and some game time, that's the main thing. Some teams will run and run and run, but we want to be match fit - that's the most important thing."