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Tis: “Scot is ready for the role”

16 July 2014

City manager on appointment of new captain

Following the announcement of Scot Bennett as the new captain of Exeter City Football Club, manager Paul Tisdale said that the versatile 23-year-old is ready for his new responsibilities.

Scot has regularly worn the armband for the Grecians throughout youth levels and in reserve fixtures, and got his first chance to skipper the first-team in the absence of Danny Coles and Pat Baldwin at Accrington last season.

The Newquay-born man missed just a single first-team fixture for the Grecians last season and covered every inch of the pitch, having been used in most positions at some point.

And it also marks another success for the club’s Academy, who have again produced a captain of the club.

“Scot has matured readily over the last couple of years and he’s ready for the role,” said Tis.  “He’s done it in the reserves and the under-21s – he’s ready for it and he didn’t hesitate to take the job.

“It’s nice to have a homegrown player coming through and doing it, and especially someone who is indispensable in the side.  

“It means you haven’t got that tricky hypothetical decision to make when you have a captain that isn’t a definite.

“Scot is a definite on the teamsheet and he is one of our most important players.  He had proved over the last couple of years to have been one of our top players so I’m delighted he’s doing it.”

It isn’t only the team which Tis feels will benefit from the new appointment.  The City manager hopes that it will prove beneficial for Scot himself too, and push his career onto another level.

“I think it’ll be a good experience for him and he improves every year, so I imagine this will help him improve further,” said Tis.

“It’ll give him a few more responsibilities – he’ll need to attend a few more meetings in a working week, so it’ll open his horizons and give him more responsibilities in the dressing room – it’s more than just tossing a coin.”

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