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Steve Evans explains Greg Halford captaincy decision

Rotherham boss Steve Evans has explained his decision to hand Greg Halford the captain’s armband for the 2015/2016 campaign.

The 30-year-old was appointed in the build-up to Saturday’s curtain-raiser with MK Dons and will do the job in his maiden campaign at New York Stadium.

Evans overlooked several other strong candidates for the role, including Richie Smallwood, Lee Frecklington and Danny Collins, though the Scot confirmed that Collins will assist Halford.

“We have said that Greg will be the captain, ably assisted by Danny Collins,” Evans said.

“Danny is a very experienced man in the captaincy role, so Greg will lead it but he will very closely assisted by Danny.

“It’s never an easy decision to pick a captain because you pick them for wholly different reasons than a supporter would pick them.”

Halford, who has made over 400 career appearances, got the role after a fitting a very specific criteria set by Evans.

“You look for someone who can help integrate and manage the dressing room, that doesn’t mean be the boss, that doesn’t mean shouting and balling,” Evans added.

“Sometimes you want a captain who will lead by example, who will bring issues to you nice and early because there are always issues when you are managing 20-30 staff.

“You want someone to come and work with you, I have been very fortunate with captains over the years, I have had that.

“I had that with Craig (Morgan) over the last couple of seasons and every captain I have had I’ve always had a wonderful relationship.

“I have always been able to sit down and have a cup of tea and talk openly and that is what I want from my captain, it is not necessarily someone who shouts and balls, but it can be someone who goes about their business in a quiet and confident way.

“But just someone who brings the group together, works with the staff and sees the bigger picture on days when the rest of the team don’t see the bigger picture.

“An example is when you win 3-0 and you bring them in on the Sunday for specific reason, you need your captain to say whatever reason it is in order to benefit the team.”

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