Cherries hand captaincy to Pearce

06 August 2009 12:30
Defender Jason Pearce will lead Bournemouth into the new season after being named as skipper for their league opener at Bury by manager Eddie Howe. The 21-year-old former Portsmouth trainee will take the armband while captain Danny Hollands is sidelined for a month following knee surgery. "Jason's a winner and a fantastic pro," Howe told BBC Radio Solent. "He wants to achieve success. He's got all the hallmarks of being a really good captain." Howe added: "It's probably come earlier than he expected, but I don't have a problem with a young captain because I know the type of man he is. I think he'll be great for the role." Pearce can expect to keep the armband until Hollands returns from his spell on the sidelines, and Howe is pleased with the prognosis he has received on his skipper. "Danny was happy, the surgeon was happy, and it was probably the best we could have hoped for, just a clean-out. Hopefully Danny can just build his fitness up and be ready in the not too distant future," said the Cherries boss.

Source: BBC_Sport