The Western Sydney Wanderers have ended months of speculation and confirmed Michael Beauchamp as the club’s inaugural captain for the upcoming season.
Several players were thought to be in the running for the captaincy with former Socceroos goalkeeper Ante Covic and Tarek Elrich both mooted, but club officials decided Beauchamp was the best candidate to the lead the team.
Speaking at the announcement, Beauchamp said he was honoured to be chosen and had only found out at training this morning.
“It’s a huge honour to be handed the armband to wear at any club but it is certainly that little bit more special to receive it for a club in its foundation year,’’ Beauchamp said.
‘‘[It] represents everything about my boyhood days and dreams.
“I’m definitely a leader by my actions and I’m someone who will motivate on the pitch in the heat of the battle.’’
Beauchamp said as a local boy it proved to him that the sacrifices you make as a youngster do pay off.
“I’m proud to have grown up in this community and to now represent it is something that I take great pride in,” he said.
Beauchamp will make his captaincy debut on Sunday in Christchurch for the Wanderers’ pre-season friendly with Wellington Phoenix.
He will then lead the team out for their first A-League match against the Central Coast Mariners at Parramatta Stadium on October 6.
Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman described the appointment as a historic moment in the history of the club.
‘‘In 50 years’ time people will look back on this and recognise it as a key part of history,’’ Gorman said.