Sweeney appointed Hartlepool United skipper

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NEW boss Colin Cooper has confirmed that Antony Sweeney will be the new captain of Hartlepool United.

The 29-year-old skippered Pools for the fourth time this summer during Saturday’s stalemate with Middlesbrough at Victoria Park.

And Cooper has confirmed it will be Sweeney wearing the armband when the League Two season kicks off in less than a fortnight’s time.

“I purposely feel that I want someone with the heart and soul of the club to be captain,” he said, “I think Tony is the heart and soul of the club as we stand at the moment.

“He’s from the town, loves the town and is chomping at the bit to play every week after the season he had last time. So I see him as a natural. He’s been here a long time.”

Sweeney is the club’s longest-serving player but has never captained the side on a permanent basis.

Peter Hartley replaced Sam Collins as skipper midway through last season.

Meanwhile, Pools will send a relatively young side to face Billingham Town tomorrow evening (7pm).