Date: 7th August 2014 at 6:28pm
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Luke Joyce heads into his sixth season at Accrington Stanley this weekend, and he’s talked about the honour it is to be our captain.

Speaking to the Official Site as the 27 year old is now the longest serving player at the club along with Dean Winnard, he was talking about how he couldn’t wait for the season to get going now when we face Southend on Saturday.

‘I’m very proud to be captain at Accrington Stanley. My first game as captain was Port Vale at home a few years ago and it was a great feeling when I first put the armband on and something I am really proud of and something I don’t take for granted. I love doing it and hopefully I can do it for a long time.’

Moving on to the kick off against Southend and our hopes for the season, he doesn’t care that we have again been written off by the footballing fraternity, it just means we can keep proving them wrong.

‘The ambitions are to get promoted, that’s what we are looking at and that’s where we want to be. That’s the aim of every team at this stage of the season. We definitely want to make sure we do better than we did last season and we need to have a better start, we need to continue that form from the 12th game onwards as we were in great form.’

Moving back to his role as skipper briefly, as well as saying he feels he’s grown into the role over the years, he’s also produced probably the quote of the season already.

‘I think I’ve grown into the role – the job means you have got to delegate, a few lads in our squad aren’t the brightest and you have got to make sure they know where they are training, at what time and what they need and all those things.’

I trust tongue was firmly in cheek!

‘We have done the fines list this week and I have to make sure they all know what they can or can’t do – that’s good fun.’

Spirits are certainly high already and that can only be a good thing.