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Dunk happy to take responsibility

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk expressed his desire to take on the responsibility of club captain, but revealed the quest for Bruno’s successor is yet to reach its conclusion.

By Kieran Cleeves • 06 July 2019

Dunk wore the armband on numerous occasions for the Seagulls last season, in the absence of Albion’s new senior player development coach, and the 27-year-old admitted he would love to take over from the Spaniard.

He said, “We haven’t spoken about the captaincy yet, but fingers crossed we’ll have that chat and hopefully I’ll take the armband — we’ll wait and see.

“Bruno is a tough person to follow, but we’d be slightly different captains. He was more of a talker on the pitch, whereas I’m more about showing how much it means.

“I try to lead by example on the pitch and get everyone to follow. Of course I still have to do the talking on and off the field as well, but I think I’d enjoy having the extra responsibility.

“Last year I had the armband quite a lot when Bruno wasn't playing and it gives you that extra boost.

“There’s slightly more pressure, because everyone’s looking at you, you’re the captain and you’ve got to lead by example.”

Bruno’s decision to remain around the first-team group was revealed to the players last week, and Dunk commented on how beneficial the 38-year-old’s switch to Albion’s coaching staff will be.

“We were all buzzing to know Bruno was staying on. We knew what impact he had in this changing room, so to still be around the training ground and working with us every day is going to be unreal.

“With the experience he’s got in the game, he’s going to help people massively and we can all still learn a lot off him. It’s great to know he’s there for each and every one of us.”

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