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Darragh "proud" to captain Rovers

The defender admits wearing the armband against Bolton Wanderers has topped off the season

25 April 2019

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Captaining Rovers has capped off an impressive season for defender Darragh Lenihan, who admitted it was a "proud moment" to wear the armband.

The 25-year-old was the stand-in skipper against Bolton Wanderers on Easter Monday, keeping a clean sheet as Rovers earned a fourth consecutive Championship win.

The Republic of Ireland international has been a regular in the Rovers backline this season, with the side suffering a slump in results when the defender was sidelined through injury for much of February and March.

Lenihan could again get the nod as skipper at Norwich City on Saturday and he says it's something he would love to do long-term, too.

“It was a very proud moment for myself and my family," he told iFollow Rovers when reflecting on the outing against Bolton.

“To come through the Academy and to be captain at such a great club, when you look back at some of the captains we’ve had, it’s been a great achievement.

“It’s topped off the season for me. I know Charlie Mulgrew is the captain, but further down the line I’d love to captain this club on a regular basis.

“Whether I have the armband or not, I’ll still be exactly the same and wear my heart on my sleeve. I’ll always be like that, armband or not.

“Sometimes I can be a shouter, but other times I’m quite quiet. It’s good to have both, depending on the situation.

“We have a lot of senior pros in the dressing room who are captains themselves, the likes of Craig Conway, Elliott Bennett and Danny Graham," he added.

“We have numerous leaders and that’s only a good thing for us.

“I’ve always been a captain growing up, whether that be for school teams or the Irish youth teams.

“But this tops it off, to come through the Academy and captain Blackburn Rovers, it’s a huge moment for me."

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