Lewis Kinsella has been named our Club Captain ahead of the 2021-22 Vanarama National League season, with Kevin Lokko assuming the role of vice-captain.
Kinsella is a well-recognised figure from both fans and staff alike, having become our latest Centurion last season and demonstrating what an integral figure he is to Aldershot Town.
Lokko meanwhile, arrived at The EBB Stadium this summer after leaving League Two side Harrogate Town, having previously captained fellow National League side Dover Athletic too.
Manager Danny Searle believes the captaincy for Kinsella and vice-captaincy for Lokko is the correct choice.
“Obviously Kins has established himself as one of the prominent figures in the dressing room, well-respected by the other players and has a good understanding of what we’re trying to do as a staff and as a team.
“Kev is well-respected in the game, natural leadership qualities and brings a lot to the dressing room. We felt that him and Kins would compliment each other well in leading the team.”
Kinsella meanwhile, is delighted to have been handed such an important role and responsibility within the football club and believes his new vice-captain is the correct fit too.
“It’s means a lot to me obviously I’ve been here a long time and I know what the club is about I’ve made friends for life here who are still here and who are gone so it’s a privilege to be leading the team out.
“It’s really important we know we’re going with a smaller squad and I think this season’s gonna be the toughest one yet for me.
“It’s vital we stick together as a team and as a club and a community to help as much as we can.
“I think the gaffer knows what I’m about and hopefully I can be a good leader who leads on the pitch cause I think that’s the most important trait of a captain, one who leads by example.
“The club has done a lot for me and I feel I have done a lot for the club, but I want to play every game this year.
“Kevin has been a captain before, he’s obviously come from the league and he’s in our car school now so we have a good partnership already.
“Hopefully he can get some goals from my set pieces!”
And our vice-captain Lokko was similarly thrilled to receive the good news.
“I’m really pleased to be named as vice-captain, I hope that I can bring my experience and leadership skills to the club and to the players alongside Kins.
“I’m looking forward to help push the club forward and be a good role model for the younger players as well.
“Can’t wait to get started now with the season and help be a part of a successful season for the club.
“Kins will be a great captain and I’m happy to be working alongside him in terms of a leadership position and to be of use to the players and help support them with any situation or matter on and off the pitch.”