Grant Leadbitter will be my captain on Saturday – if selected

PAUL Jewell has reiterated his backing of Grant Leadbitter as Ipswich Town captain – even if he thinks the captaincy in football is “overrated”.

Leadbitter’s form this season has led some to question whether he should be rested and stripped of the armband.

But Jewell has moved to silence the doubters by insisting he has every confidence in the midfielder’s ability to lead the team.

The manager said: “Grant is never going to be the loudest, but you can never question his work rate or endeavour.

“He leads by example rather than being someone who shakes his fist and goes around shouting or bawling.”


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Jewell told yesterday’s press conference that Leadbitter would be captain against Reading tomorrow, but only if selected – with the Town boss typically refusing to give anything away 48 hours before kick off.

Keith Andrews is expected to be back in contention after recovering from his broken nose, meaning the Town boss has a difficult decision to make, both in terms of personnel and the way his midfield shapes up.

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And with regards to who wears the armband, Jewell admitted: “The captaincy is overrated in football – it’s not like cricket or rugby.”

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