Wright forward for captain

JASON De Vos's departure has left the job as skipper up for grabs and Jim Magilton will find no shortage of volunteers.David Wright has already put himself forward and offers a pretty convincing case.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

JASON De Vos's departure has left the job as skipper up for grabs and Jim Magilton will find no shortage of volunteers.

David Wright has already put himself forward and offers a pretty convincing case.

Like De Vos defender Wright was skipper at Wigan before joining Town and like de Vos who wore the armband in every team he played for, he was also captain at his only other club Crewe.

Wright said: “I've captained all the sides I've been at and I always find it a great honour and a great privilege.

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“It would be a great responsibility to have but there are a number of individuals who could do it and whoever the gaffer chooses will have the backing of all the lads and do a great job.”

One factor in choosing a slipper will be that he is an ever-present in the side. Although Wright was dropped for a couple of games at the turn of the year, and then displaced by on-loan Danny Simpson, he fought his way back in the side and has been one of the Blues' most consistent performers.

Alex Bruce, Jon Walters and David Norris will all be contenders Magilton looks for someone who can be a leader on the pitch, act a slink between players and manager and be an ambassador off the pitch.

Magilton has indicated he sees Norris as a Matt Holland type, Walters has proved popular among players and fans and has a good rapport with the media, while Bruce is blossoming at Portman Road as a player and would relish the responsibility.

Tommy Miller is another with experience and goes back a long way with Magilton, who made de Vos skipper when he went from being Joe Royle's captain to his successor.

He is also looking to replace the likes of Fabian Wilnis and Sylvain Legwinski who are the first to go in the summer clear out.

Wright said: “

“To take three experienced players out of the team like Jason, Sylvain and Fabian is going to be a great loss.

“I don't think we'll realise what a loss they are, until we come back for pre-season and they're not there but I'm sure the gaffer will bring in a lot of quality to replace them.”

Doubts remain over Owen Garvan and Sito Castro who have been offered new deals but have not yet agreed to sign.

Garvan ahs another year left anyway but would be free to leave next summer as a free agent, although Town would be able to claim compensation as he is under 23 and home-grown.

Sito is considering other offers before seeing where his future lays.

*Who would you like to see as Ipswich Town's next captain?

e-mail derek.davis@eadt.co.uk or wrote to Captain Choice. EADT Sports desk, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich. IP4 1AN