Curle appoints Bolger as Cobblers skipper

Cian Bolger got his first taste as a Cobbler on Saturday.Cian Bolger got his first taste as a Cobbler on Saturday.
Cian Bolger got his first taste as a Cobbler on Saturday.
Central defender led the team out in Saturday's friendly

New signing Cian Bolger will replace Charlie Goode as Cobblers captain this season, manager Keith Curle has confirmed.

The 28-year-old defender only joined the club on Friday but has already been given the honour of leading the team out on a weekly basis, although Nicky Adams remains the club captain.

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Bolger, who has captaincy experience at his previous clubs, got his first taste of wearing the armband on Saturday when he played an hour of Northampton's 1-0 friendly win over Leyton Orient.

"I've made him team captain for this season and I've done it for a reason because he's got the credentials that I think the changing room will benefit from - he's got a personality, he's got character and he's up for the fight," said Curle.

"He's an honest kid, he's a competitive player and he will say what needs to be said to anyone who needs a word in their ear, and he won't shy away from challenges.

"I like that in a player and I think he's got the characteristics that I'm looking for."

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Meanwhile, Luka Racic, who also signed for the club on Friday, could feature for the first time when the Cobblers play another practice match on Tuesday.

Curle added: "Luka has been training up until the last two weeks so he's had a couple of weeks off but he's been out doing the physical work on Friday and Saturday.

"Now it's seeing how he reacts and how he comes through training to see if he can play a part in Tuesday's game, but the lad is ready to play and that's the type of enthusiasm he has because he wants to play and he wants to showcase his ability."

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