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New Norwich City captains confirmed

PUBLISHED: 13:19 10 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:42 10 August 2013

Sebastien Bassong, player of the season.  Photo: Bill Smith for Canary magazine

Sebastien Bassong, player of the season. Photo: Bill Smith for Canary magazine

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Two defensive rocks will perform the captaincy roles for Norwich City this season after the club confirmed the appointment of its club captain and team captain.

Russell Martin  in action during the Pre Season Friendly match at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton and Hove.Russell Martin in action during the Pre Season Friendly match at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton and Hove.

Russell Martin has been appointed as Club Captain for the 2013/14 season and Sebastien Bassong will be Team Captain, the football club confirmed today.

The new appointments follow the departure of striker Grant Holt this summer.

Martin, one of only two survivors from the club’s League One title success in 2009/10, has made 147 appearances and scored 10 goals during three-and-a-half years of service.

Meanwhile, defender Sebastien Bassong made a huge impact last season after joining from Spurs, playing 35 games and scoring three goals as his commanding performances earned him the player of the season trophy.

Manager Chris Hughton said: “I’ve made my decision on the basis that I wanted both Russ and Seb to be involved in the roles of Club Captain and Team Captain.

“The decision to make Russ Club Captain is based on what he has given us both on and off the pitch during the period of time he has been with us. He yet again made a vital contribution to the cause last season as of course he has done in previous years.”

“Seb as Player of the Season had a big influence on our campaign last year and is a player who has settled in very well to the Norwich way.”

New club captain Russ Martin said: “Everyone knows how I feel about playing for this club and the great relationships I share with the supporters, players and staff here.

“The gaffer has recognised something within me, which he believes validated the appointment of an over-riding Club Captain and I thank him for that. I am honoured to be offered this role, a position I have accepted with relish and delight and will fulfil with the enthusiasm and maturity it deserves.

“My role is to be there for all the players at the Club, on and off the pitch, from scholars, through to the First Team if they need any assistance and to work with Seb in helping get the maximum performance and togetherness from our squad on and off the pitch.

New team skipper Sebastien Bassong, who will be presented with the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy before kick-off today, said he was proud and honoured to be given the captaincy.

“I am really honoured to be made captain. I will work very hard and do everything I can to repay the trust the manager has had in me.

“I think all of the squad worked really hard to improve not just individually but as a team last season and that’s something of course we want to do again this season.

“I just want to thank the fans in Norwich for their support for the team and for me personally. It was a great season last year and we want to make sure it is another good season for us all this time around.”

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