Jon Wilkin appointed new Saints skipper

New Saints skipper Jon Wilkin
New Saints skipper Jon Wilkin

Saints star Jon Wilkin has been appointed the new club captain.

Head coach Keiron Cunningham confirmed the news at a press conference at Langtree Park this morning (Wednesday) and hinted that James Roby is likely to be the new vice-captain.

Wilkin, 31, takes over from club legend Paul Wellens - who remains a key figure at the club but, at 34, is in the twilight of his playing career.

Cunningham said: “We had a discussion with Paul Wellens last year when I got the job. He didn’t want to let go of the captaincy but he also didn’t want to not have that presence but still be captain of the club.

“Paul will still support the new captain and will still be a leader. This club always has four or five captains on the field anyway.

“The choice was difficult. There was a bit of deliberation between myself, Mike Rush and the chairman. But we decided Jon Wilkin offered a natural progression.

“Jon’s a great ambassador for the club, a great leader, and he epitomises what we are and what we want to be going forward.”

Wilkin said: “It’s an honour to play for such a fantastic club. To get the opportunity to play here for 12 years is something I’m very proud of.

“To go on and captain the club - following on from the likes of Paul Wellens and Keiron Cunningham - comes with some responsibility. But the most exciting thing for me is that the pages of achievements for this club going forward are blank.

“What’s gone is history. We’re just caretakers of this club and we want to leave a legacy for people to enjoy.”