Cool-hand Carlos is captain marvel

He’s the ice-cool skipper who is winning rave reviews from his colleagues.

Cool-handed Carlos Edwards is ITFC’s latest captain and has quickly won the seal of approval in the dressing room.

So much so that the unflappable full-back has been hailed as a big part in Town’s resurgence which, the Brighton blip aside, has seen them steer well away from the relegation zone.

Edwards is out of contract in the summer and there remains indecision over the future of one of the side’s most consistent performers this season.

Should he leave, the 33-year-old will leave Paul Jewell with some big boots to fill on and off-the-field, such is his popularity in the dressing room.

“I could not believe it when he got the captaincy, everyone knows what Carlos is like,” joked centre-back Damien Delaney.

“He is so easy going. I have been with him here for the best part of three years and I have never seen him get remotely upset or lose his temper, even though I have seen some pretty horrible things happen to him. He just takes it all in his stride.

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“He is a good captain because he is so calm and helps everyone around him.

“As a captain, maybe he is emitting his character on to the lads because he is always joking in the dressing room in his relaxed Caribbean way and hopefully that is rubbing off on us to. Long may that continue.”

Prior to the 3-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium, Delaney and Edwards were part of a defence that conceded just three goals in the previous four games, with right-back Edwards skippering the side to two clean sheets.

But Delaney might have a new centre-back partner for Saturday’s visit of Bristol City after Tommy Smith played 90 minutes for New Zealand in their 3-2 friendly defeat against Jamaica in Auckland.

Smith, who has started the last eight matches in his own bid to earn a new contract, impressed for the All Whites but will not return to Suffolk until Friday morning.

Blues boss Paul Jewell will make a late assessment of Smith’s fitness with fit-again Ibrahima Sonko waiting in the wings.