Australia defender Rhys Williams will be Middlesbrough captain for the forthcoming Championship season, manager Tony Mowbray announced.
Williams, who signed a four-and-a-half year contract last season, is another product of Boro's Academy despite being born in Perth.
"First and foremost he is a top football player with good communication skills and he's very, very well respected in the dressing room," Mowbray said in explaining his decision.
"He's still developing yet an immensely talented player and one I hope by giving him the added responsibility of captaincy will be one who will focus his mind on the job week in, week out.
"He had some injury problems early in his career, but has come through them and come out the other end and shown his qualities."
Williams has been named in the Australia squad for next week's friendly match against Scotland in Edinburgh.
Defender James Meredith has made it third time lucky for Australians at Wembley this season by helping Bradford City jump into League One with a 3-0 play-off final win over Northampton Town.