Kingston hopes to skipper Hearts

20 July 2009 01:42
Hearts midfielder Laryea Kingston says being named the new captain of the Tynecastle club would be an honour. The Ghanaian, 28, is vying with Michael Stewart and Marius Zaliukas to succeed Robbie Neilson, who joined Leicester City in the summer, as skipper. "I'm happy here and if I was asked to be captain it would be a great honour," Kingston told the club website. Stewart captained Hearts during the Edinburgh club's recent four-match pre-season tour of Germany. Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo revealed earlier this month that Stewart, Kingston or Zaliukas would become the new club captain. Kingston is recovering from injury and hopes to feature in the pre-season games against Southampton and Plymouth. And he said he would relish the challenge of skippering Hearts in the new Scottish Premier League season. "Hearts is one of the best teams in Scotland and this season hopefully we can challenge the Old Firm," he said. "It would be a very big thing for me to captain the club and I am ready to do it if the manager asks me. "I would bring my experience to the role and try to pass this on to the other players." Kingston signed for Hearts from Terek Grozny in 2007 and has a year left on his current deal.

Source: BBC_Sport