Ronnie Moore has backed his new Hartlepool United captain to be an inspirational leader.
But he won’t be revealing who has been handed the skipper’s armband just yet.
Instead, Moore is keen to keep the players who want the role on their toes in training as the squad continue their preparations ahead of the new League Two campaign.
Moore has a vacancy after last year’s captain Scott Flinders’ decision to turn down a new contract offer on reduced terms and sign for League Two rivals York City.
And he admits he wasn’t short of contenders for the role.
Defender Scott Harrison and playmaker Michael Woods have both previously been tipped as future captains by Moore, who has also added experienced campaigners Harry Worley and Carl Magnay to his squad.
Matthew Bates was handed the role under Colin Cooper but it was given to Flinders after Cooper resigned.
Moore is waiting to reveal who has been handed the armband but he has confirmed it won’t be goalkeeper Trevor Carson or any of the club’s four strikers.
“There are options but I know what I am going to do,” Moore told SportMail.
“I haven’t told the person yet though.
“They will just have to wait and I want to keep them hanging on a little bit because I know there are one or two trying to impress me on that front.
“It certainly won’t be the goalkeeper and it won’t be a striker - so they can relax.
“After that there aren’t that many more options!
“For me, it is a big role being captain and some people can do it and others can’t.
“You might make a certain player a captain and it could affect their way of playing because they are more concerned about how others are playing rather than their own job.
“I am sure the person I select will lead us from start to finish,” added the Pools boss.
Pools have been back in pre-season training at Maiden Castle all week, working on their fitness levels in sweltering temperatures as the mercury reached the high 20s.
It won’t get any easier, with Moore and assistant Sam Collins taking the squad to Catterick Army base, in North Yorkshire, for a four-day boot camp on Monday.
And Moore is keen to do everything he can to avoid a repeat of last year’s season-long battle against relegation.
He added: “Last season has gone and it is history now.
“Now we have to make sure that we are not in that mess again.
“Nine players have gone, through no fault of their own, but we needed to use the finances to bring in fresh blood.
“We have seven in and hopefully there are a couple to come.
“We have brought different players in, a bit of youth, bit of experience, energy and pace.
“I just need a couple of wingers to give me the scope to go 4-4-2, rather than just be 4-3-3 or 3-5-2. “It just opens up a bigger area for us.”