Jake Wright has told Sheffield United they must have eleven captains on the pitch next season in order to gain promotion from League One.
Wright, who could make his first appearance for Chris Wilder’s side against a Murcia Representative XI this evening, was speaking after becoming United’s sixth new signing following the 48-year-old’s appointment as manager.
Wilder swooped for Wright after identifying a lack of leadership in the squad he inherited from Nigel Adkins two months ago and, despite throwing his weight behind new skipper Billy Sharp, the former Oxford United centre-half said: “Everyone has got to try and be a captain in their own way. If you can get that in the dressing room then you stand a real chance.
“Obviously I want to be playing but, whether I’m in the team or not, I’ll do everything I can to make sure the team is ready and prepared.”
Wright, aged 30, arrives at Bramall Lane from Oxford where he gained promotion from League Two last term. Having played under Wilder at both Halifax Town and the Kassam Stadium, United’s coaching staff believe his experience and character will prove valuable assets when their bid for Championship football begins at Bolton Wanderers on August 6.
Admitting he has not received “any guarantees” about a starting role, Wright added: “I’ll be competing with the rest of the lads at the back for a place and they’ll provide really tough competition because they’re good players.
“You’ve got to be ‘at it’ every single day if you want to do well, right from a Monday in training because that’s what sets the tone. The manager demands that of everyone, I know that after working for him before but that’s one of the reasons why he brings teams together and gets results. He’s got that ethic.”