EXCLUSIVE: New Wisbech Town captain Scott Johnson on being given the armband

NEW Wisbech Town captain Scott Johnson has vowed to let his performances do the talking as he looks to lead the Fenmen by example next season.

Paul Cousins’ shock departure to King’s Lynn Town left the coveted armband up for grabs but Johnson, 33, admitted he didn’t expect his name to be in the frame.

However, Wisbech boss Steve Appleby declared last week he’d chosen the experienced left-footer to become his next skipper.

Johnson said: “I’ll always give my all for whatever club I play for even if I’m not captain.

“However, it’s an honour to be made permanent captain of such a big club like Wisbech and it means just as much that Apps trusts and believes in me.

“I’m not the loudest but I believe there are other ways of getting your point across without screaming your head off. I doesn’t always helps to have someone shouting and bawling at you.

“I think you need to encourage young lads more, use your experience to help them improve and lead by example by always giving 100 per cent.”

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Johnson, equally comfortable as a full-back or a winger, also revealed he turned down the chance to re-join Soham Town Rangers next season.

The 33-year-old won the Ridgeons Premier Division title with the Greens in 2008 and captained the side for more than a year during his six seasons at Soham. Johnson returned to Wisbech last season and wore the armband temporarily when Cousins was sidelined through injury.

Appleby said on his new captain: “Scott may not be the largest of lads but he’s got the biggest of hearts.

“He’s a fantastic footballer who leads by example. He showed loyalty by turning down Soham, conducts himself in the right way and is an example to the younger lads. It was an easy choice to make.”

• SIMON Ashton, 19, agreed to join Wisbech from Boston United on Wednesday. The highly-rated centre-back had loan spells at Stamford and Spalding last season. The club also announced that Darren Edey will become sole reserve team manager next season.