ALAN Dunne has described being made Millwall captain as a "special moment" in his life.
The long-serving Lions stalwart was handed the armband by manager Ian Holloway ahead of the opening-day win over Leeds United last weekend.
And Dunne has thanked Holloway for trusting him with such a big responsibility.
He said: "Ollie pulled me aside after a team meeting at The Den last Thursday and said that he wanted me to be his captain this year.
"The manager said that I haven't let him down yet, that he trusts me and thinks I can lead the team.
"It's an honour for someone like Ollie to trust me.
"Any manager can make you captain and it's an honour, but when Holloway, who is one of the few real and honest people in the game, asks you to be his captain that’s really special.
"He believes in me and not many of my managers have done that before. I respect him a lot."
David Forde and Nicky Bailey were also in the frame to get the captaincy but Dunne feels that it was his turn to lead the Lions.
He said: "If Ollie had pulled me and said that Bailey or Fordey was going to be captain, I would have respected that because I'm not one to get the hump.
"It could have been Fordey, it could have been Bailey but I felt it was my time.
"The three of us respect each other and ultimately it's just an armband – the other two will be just as loud and as effective as leaders as I’ll be."