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Langstaff: 'Immense pride'

New skipper discusses role

10 June 2024

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Langstaff: 'Immense pride'

New skipper discusses role

10 June 2024

Macaulay Langstaff has expressed his gratitude to Stuart Maynard after accepting his offer to assume the role of club captain.

The Teessider takes on the prestigious position ahead of Maynard’s first full season in charge – and it’s a challenge he’s delighted to accept.

Langstaff said: “This club means a lot to me, so my initial reaction was one of immense pride.

“To even play for a club of this size, with all its history, is a massive privilege – but to be told by the gaffer that he wants me as captain is one of the proudest moments of my career.

“He’s been brilliant with me and I’m so grateful to him for putting his trust in me to lead the team into next season.

“Going back only a few years, if you’d told me I’d be in this position now I wouldn’t have believed you.

“It feels like every year is getting better and better – going from scoring goals at Gateshead to breaking records at Notts County has been special, but to then be named captain of the world’s oldest professional club is unbelievable.

“But I don’t want to stop here. I want to keep improving, earn more success and keep writing the story with Notts County.”

Langstaff is excited to take on his new role alongside Matt Palmer, who has been appointed vice-captain.

He said: “I’m really close with Matty and having him alongside me as vice-captain is going to be a big help.

“Everyone knows his quality – he’s one of the best players I’ve played with and his injury last season was a big part of why we didn’t achieve what we wanted.

“But when he’s back he’ll be another player who leads by example and commands massive respect from the lads.

“He’s got a huge amount of experience as well, so as vice-captain he’s going to be such an asset to me and the whole group.”

Langstaff has worn the armband on several previous occasions but knows, now the job is his full-time, that many extra responsibilities are coming his way.

He said: “It’s a big role – and Kyle Cameron has done an incredible job, showing me first-hand what it takes to be a good captain.

“I’ve had the armband a few times over the last couple of seasons and I really enjoyed the responsibility and pressure of leading the team out. I do think it helps me as a player – and my goalscoring record, along with the team’s results, have been pretty good when I’ve been in that position.

“’I’m not a massive believer that every captain has to be vocal. I like to go out and work as hard as I can, in a way that hopefully inspires and leads my team-mates.

“Off the field, I’ll have closer dialogue with the head coach and his staff, as well as everyone in the squad – trying to do everything I can to help us get results on the pitch.

“There’ll be a lot of extra work for me to do, but I’m looking forward to it all.”

Langstaff and his team-mates will return for pre-season training at the end of the month – and the skipper has already made clear his ambitions for the 2024-25 campaign.

He said: “I can’t wait to get back. It’s been a really good break, and nice to get some rest, but I’m excited for pre-season now.

“It’s going to be as tough as ever but we’re not going to achieve our ambitions without working hard.

“I’ve never shied away from the fact that, in my time at the club, our aim has always been promotion. That’s what we’ve got to be aiming for.”

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