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Grant Hanley: Being named captain is a huge honour

1 August 2018

New Norwich City captain Grant Hanley has described being given the armband for the 2018-19 season as a "huge honour.

Hanley, 26, was awarded the captaincy last week and is set to lead out the Canaries for their Sky Bet Championship opener at Birmingham City on Saturday.

The Scottish international defender has previous captaincy experience from his days at Blackburn Rovers and says he has learned a great deal from that period of his career.

"It's a huge honour," said Hanley. "It's something that I've done before earlier on in my career but to be named captain at a club like this - I'm over the moon.

"I was quite young at the time [when I was last captain]. Sometimes it can be tough but you've got to try not to think about it too much.

"You just have to do what's best for the lads really and try and take the team forward.

Describing what sort of leader he is, Hanley contined: "I'm quite vocal. I'm not the type of captain who's going to drag the boys through by scoring goals. 

"But I like to organise the boys and be vocal like that. It's not going to change me too much on the pitch.

"I think if you let it change you, it can put a lot more pressure on you. I think I'll just stay the same as I was but I know I'll have that bit of added responsibility on my shoulders."

City have had a busy week of training so far in the lead up to Saturday's match and Hanley says the intensity in sessions has been very high.

"The boss said at the start of the week: 'That's pre-season finished now and our focus is Birmingham.'

"It's only natural that the intensity has gone up. You'll see that wherever you go.

"The lads know that there might be a chance to squeeze into the starting eleven if they train well this week.

"The competition is healthy and it only pushes the lads on even more."

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