Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk spoke of his immense pride to be captaining his hometown club this season, while also praising full-time skipper Bruno for his continued support and guidance.
Dunk has led the Seagulls out on 19 occasions so far this season, due to Bruno’s absence from the starting line-up, and the 27-year-old believes the role brings out his best qualities, both on and off the pitch.
He said, “It’s a great honour every time I step out onto the pitch with the captain’s armband. Leading out my hometown team is an amazing feeling.
“It gives me a bit more confidence — I’m the captain and the leader of the team, so I’ve got to make sure I’m doing everything right and leading by example. I think that gives me a boost.
“But we’ve got Bruno as the club captain and he’s brilliant. Obviously he hasn’t played as much this season, but he’s still in the dressing room every game being the captain that he is.
“I’m less of a talker and more of a doer on the pitch. I think we have slightly different styles, but I’d love to take characteristics from him and feed them into my own game.”
The Seagulls face three midweek matches between now and the end of the season, and Dunk related the situation to Albion’s experiences in England’s second tier before their rise to the Premier League.
“It’s like being back in the Championship, Saturday-Tuesday. Most of us have played in the Championship or lower leagues, so we all understand what you’ve got to do with your body to prepare right.
“It’s a completely different ball game when you’re playing Saturday and Tuesday, but that’s the reason you become a footballer, to play matches.
“You don’t train as much when it’s Saturday-Tuesday, you play your games and that’s what you enjoy the most.
“I probably enjoy the Saturday-Tuesday routine more, but obviously I enjoy the Premier League as well for different reasons.”