NEW signing Tony Craig could be named Millwall’s new captain for the upcoming Sky Bet League One season.
The 30-year-old defender returned to the Lions last week after his contract with Brentford was cancelled.
He has since joined up with the rest of the squad and they arrived in Portugal yesterday for a five-day training camp.
Long-serving defender and former captain Alan Dunne departed after the end of last season leaving the club looking for a new general.
Neil Harris hinted earlier in the summer that the new club captain could be a new acquisition and his praise of his former team-mate’s qualities did little to diminish that theory.
“I have said a lot about the fans being able to identify with their team and Tony Craig is certainly a player that fits that bill,” he told the club’s website.
“He will link the team and the supporters together and is a natural leader within a young squad.
“We will have youthfulness and energy within the team, but you also need experience and Tony will bring that in abundance. He is a great leader in the dressing-room and is a warrior on the pitch.”
Harris is likely to continue efforts to bring in a striker and possibly a left winger next but it is unlikely either will be a candidate for captaincy.
With Jordan Archer and Joe Martin the other two summer buys Craig is the obvious choice to take the armband next season.
He captained Brentford last season in the Championship and has a wealth of experience in League One where he played in two play-off finals and helped Millwall back into the second tier in the second of those in 2010.
Craig was a fan favourite at Griffin Park for the wholeheartedness of his performances and he occupies a similar place in the affections of Lions fans.
His former director of football Phil Giles also singled him out as a “leader in the dressing” room and his appointment as Millwall club captain would certainly be a popular choice.