Ipswich Town star Tommy Smith would grasp captaincy at Portman Road given the chance

The front page of the latest Kings of Anglia magazine

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Ipswich Town’s defender Tommy Smith admits that if he were offered the captaincy he would ‘grasp it with both hands’.

Ipswich Town footballer, Tommy Smith pictured at the clubs training ground.

Ipswich Town footballer, Tommy Smith pictured at the clubs training ground. Picture : RICHARD MARSHAM/RMG PHOTOGRAPHY

The 27-year-old from Macclesfield, talking in the new edition of Kings of Anglia magazine, is likely to take on the role of vice-captain with Christophe Berra having moved on.

And while Luke Chambers is very much club captain – and highly respected by Smith and his team-mates – the Blues defender would never turn down the opportunity to wear the armband on a full-time basis.

“I think any player would want to captain the club they are at,” said Smith.

“I’ve worn the armband on a couple of occasions and that’s always a proud moment.

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“If a manager was to give me that on a permanent basis, I would grasp it with both hands and like to think I would revel in that responsibility.”

Not that Smith is thinking of taking the captain’s armband any time soon, Chambers having penned a new two-year deal.

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“We’ve got a great captain at the moment in Chambo, you can learn off,” Smith said.

“If I was ever to become captain I would take things from him and all the captains I’ve worked under previously, obviously trying to put my own spin on things too.

“As a senior player you have a lot more responsibility off the field and I take that very seriously.”

Smith is ready to nurture a new generation of homegrown talent at Portman Road and has spoken about his journey from Kiwi kid to senior Portman Road pro.

Talking about the younger players at Town, the New Zealand international – who could be handed a 10-year testimonial next summer – said: “I see myself as more of a senior player, having made more than 200 appearances.

“I try and pass on any wisdom that I might have picked up over the years.

“I try and help them along because I know it’s a tough process.”

Kings of Anglia edition three is out now. In the full Tommy Smith interview, he tells more of his life in New Zealand and his long trip to these shores, his set-backs and disappointments.

We catch up with Shefki Kuqi, enjoy a Kieron Dyer and Titus Bramble question and answer session, as well as bringing you Diary of a Tractor Girl, some Teams of Yesteryear photos and Celebrity Fans... who supports which club!. The glossy mag costs £3.99, 108 pages.

Order your copy here

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