GARY MILLS IS NEW TEAM CAPTAIN
Gary Mills is new Stags captain
04 August 2009
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Mills is new Stags captain
CHAD.co.uk, 04 August 2009, By John Lomas
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Gary Mills was today named as the new Mansfield Town team captain with fellow summer signing Luke Jones his vice captain.
The squad were told of the appointments at a pre-training meeting at John Fretwell Sporting Complex this morning.
"It was a difficult choice but I felt Gary was the right choice in the end," said boss David Holdsworth.
"He is a mature man and a family man. Those responsibilities give him leadership on the pitch.
"It's not just about being vocal, but also about the quality of his game - he has passing ability but also knows how to tackle."
He added: "There were other candidates. Luke Jones is 22 but a very calm, assured leader who doesn't always need an armband.
"We have Scott Garner who will be a captain one day without a doubt. Then there is Alan Marriott with great leadership qualities.
"But I felt Gary has stood out since he has been here."
"I was suprised and a bit shocked but happy all the same," admitted Mills.
"The gaffer said my age and what I had been through in my career were the factors. I have experienced good times and bad times and there is not much I haven't seen.
"But I think on a match day there will be 16 captains out there, everyone has got quality.
"It will be me wearing the armband though I am sure that won't stop other people voicing their opinions and motivations."
Mills named Stags skipper
Evening Post, August 04, 2009
MIDFIELDER Gary Mills has today been named Mansfield Town's captain for the new season.
Stags boss David Holdsworth has handed the vice-captaincy to defender Luke Jones.
Mills, 28, signed a two-year deal with the Stags this summer after joining from Stevenage Borough.
He was part of a successful side that reached the play-offs and also won the FA Trophy at Wembley last season.
"I'm delighted," said Mills, "It's a great honour for the gaffer to pick me from some great characters to skipper Mansfield.
"I've just found out this morning, although the lads have been giving me a bit of stick about it for a while, saying I would get it.
"They must have seen something in my game that the gaffer has done as well to pick me.
"It was a bit of a surprise, a shock even, but I'm happy all the same."
Jones, 22, is another newcomer to the squad this summer.
The central defender was part of the Kidderminster side that just missed out on the play-offs in 2008-2009.
Jones said: "First of all I would like to say that I think Gary will be excellent in the skipper's role.
"I will be there to back him up if he needs help, but I will still be the same player I have always been."
Mills' maturity lands him Stags captain's role
Evening Post, August 05, 2009
GARY Mills' maturity was the key quality in him being handed the skipper's armband at Mansfield Town this season, says boss David Holdsworth.
The 28-year-old central midfielder will lead the side into their opening game of the Blue Square Premier season at home to Crawley on Saturday.
Central defender Luke Jones, 22, has been named vice-captain.
"It was a tough choice but Gary was the one that ticked most of the boxes and stood out," said Holdsworth.
"He a mature man and a family man. He will give me leadership on the pitch, not just by vocal means, but with his quality of passing, ability and know-how in the tackle.
"There were other figures who I could have picked and Luke Jones will make a good vice-captain. He is a calm and assured.
"I could have named five or six. Scott Garner is still a young man but he will be a captain one day and Alan Marriott has fantastic leadership qualities.
"But Gary has the experience and that was a factor and the fact we got him here in the first place was very pleasing."
Mills said he was 'honoured' to be chosen and hoped to set the right example.
He said: "On match days we will have plenty of captains because all the players have got good qualities.
"I will be the one with the armband, but I'm sure it won't stop other people voicing their opinions. It was perhaps my experience that swung it. I have had good and bad times and there is not much I haven't seen."
Only Paul Heckingbottom (hamstring) is set to miss Saturday's game,
Holdsworth said: "We have not got the biggest of squads now so it's important we do everything we can to look after the players."
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