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Rotherham's next captain: 5 potential contenders

The captain's armband at Rotherham is looking for a new permanent home after last season's skipper Craig Morgan chose to seek pastures new this summer.

Morgan was an inspired leader at the Millers, captaining the side to two promotions before leading from the front at the back end of last term to ensure Championship survival was guaranteed.

Boss Steve Evans has no shortage of options for Morgan's replacement as he has assembled a squad with an exciting mixture of youthful exuberance and vast experience.

Here we assess five potential candidates for the role of skipper during the 2015/16 season campaign.

Danny Collins

Collins will be 35 by the time the season kicks off and he has been there and done it during a lengthy career which has seen him win international honours for Wales. A natural leader and club captain at Nottingham Forest, the centre-back will marshal the defence, win his headers and make vital clearances. He's likely to be one of Evans' first-choice central pairings and the Millers boss knew what he was getting when he signed him, saying: “His references were impeccable in terms of his fitness, hunger and desire it all shone like a beacon of light in the ocean and that attracted me to him. The main thing is that he’s hungry and he likes what we’re trying to do here so he’ll come in and play a major part.” It seems very possible that the armband could be heading Collins' way.

Richie Smallwood

Last season's player of the year is the front runner to get the job after wearing the armband on several occasions last term. The tenacious and whole-hearted manner in which Smallwood plays makes his an obvious choice, and if last season is anything to go by then he will certainly lead by example. He will be a regular starter, having made 32 consecutive appearances last year, and probably the first name on Evans' teamsheet. If he doesn't get the gig this season, surely it will only be a matter of time until he does.

Lee Frecklington

After the exits of Morgan, Ben Pringle and Kari Arnason this summer, Frecklington is now the club's longest serving player and he too wore the armband on several occasions last season and the season before. Frecklington's problem is that he is not guaranteed a start following the signing of Grant Ward, who has made a fine early impression in pre-season. But when he does play he is a vital cog in the wheel with his box-to-box energy and his surging runs forward bringing an extra dimension to the attack. He's popular in the dressing room and on the terraces and would not let anyone down.

Tom Thorpe

This would be a left-field choice given Thorpe's lack of first-team experience – he has only played seven games and he is 22. But coming through the ranks at Manchester United he has one of the best footballing educations possible. He has experience of captaining under pressure, having led United's under-21 team through a season and Evans thinks he is the full package. “This young man has everything that is good with the modern day footballer. He has height, strength, speed, awareness and technical ability. There is no doubt that this lad for me is exceptional.” Evans may be reluctant to hand him the armband at such an early stage in his Millers career, so consider him an outsider.

Danny Ward

Another outside contender, but big things are expected of Ward this season and the armband could potentially help bring the best out of him. If he can keep himself fit, he is likely to lead the line with Matt Derbyshire and be the focal point of attack. His versatility – he can play in the hole or on either flank – means he is always likely to be around the side and at 24 he is nearing his peak. Evans has never selected a striker as a captain in his three seasons at Rotherham, but Ward has potential to be the first.

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