Chad Gibson has been named as the inaugural captain of Hyundai A-League side Queensland Roar.
Twenty-eight-year-old Gibson, who has been capped at Australian Schoolboy and Under-20 level, was understandably delighted with the appointment.
"It's both an honour and a privilege to be named the first captain of Queensland Roar. This is a brand new start for the game in Australia and a brand new club. You don?t get many opportunities like this in your career," said Gibson.
When asked what attributes he would bring to the role Gibson said: "My experience will hopefully be useful to the side. I'm a pretty calm guy under pressure and I'll try to use that quality as captain and lead by example."
The announcement was made at Willowbank Raceway where both Gibson and Roar coach Miron Bleiberg were treated to an exhilarating 'hot lap' with V8 Supercar Rookie of the Year Warren Luff.
"It was sensational," said Gibson. "I definitely have a new respect for the V8 drivers, their skill level is unbelievable."
Gibson, who plays as sweeper, was signed from former NSL club Marconi Stallions but also has overseas experience having played in Norway with Bodo Glimt and Malaysia with Johor FC.
Whilst at Marconi, Gibson was named as both Player of the Year and Supporters Player of the Year and is sure to be a favourite with Roar fans.
Roar coach Miron Bleiberg said that although he had some excellent candidates for the role it was Gibson?s position on the field that stood out.
"It is strategically much easier for a player who plays as sweeper to captain the side. Chad will have more time to assess the play and give instructions from his position," he said.
"He is an intelligent and experienced player with a good personality and I have no doubts that he can handle the responsibility of being captain."
"The same applies to the other two candidates (Josh McCloughan and Remo Buess) but in the end I thought Chad's position on the field would be of greater benefit to the team."
Also named were two vice-captains, Josh McCloughan and Swiss import Remo Buess.