Melbourne City has named former Socceroos defender Patrick Kisnorbo as its captain for the upcoming A-League season.
The 33-year-old is no stranger to leading a side, having captained Leicester City and Leeds United during his time in England. Now, he will take the armband in Melbourne City’s inaugural season from the retired Harry Kewell.
Interestingly, it was Kisnorbo’s central defensive partner Rob Wielaert who typically deputised as skipper in Kewell’s (regular) absences last season, and the Dutchman has also led the team several times this preseason. But John van ‘t Schip has opted for Kisnorbo, with the Dutchman singling out his on- and off-field leadership and experience as two of the defender’s defining characteristics.
Kisnorbo’s appointment is not too surprising. Central defenders often make good skippers, and his place in the City starting XI is not under any threat, barring injury or suspension. Other candidates may have included Wielaert, imports Robert Koren and Damien Duff, and midfield mainstay Massimo Murdocca.
Nevertheless, Kisnorbo, a fan favourite, should prove a popular appointment. Well done, Paddy.
Kisnorbo becomes Melbourne Heart/City’s fourth captain, following Simon Colosimo, Fred and Harry Kewell.
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