POSH PREVIEW - Bostwick’s ready to set example as Posh’s skipper

Michael Bostwick in action for Posh against Crawley.

Michael Bostwick in action for Posh against Crawley.

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New Peterborough United skipper Michael Bostwick is determined to lead by example.

The 27 year-old midfielder has been appointed first-team captain in succession to Jack Payne. Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick (right) has been named as vice-captain, while veteran Gaby Zakuani (below)will serve as club captain.

“Ideally we will have 11 captains on the field,” Bostwick announced. “But it’s an honour to be given the armband and I will certainly do my best to lead by example.

“It should be quite an easy job to be honest because we have such a great bunch of lads in the squad. A squad is only as strong as its weakest player so we all believe in helping each other. That’s the only way to achieve the success we want to achieve.

“I’ve played under several different captains and everyone has their own style. I will definitely let my performances do the majority of my talking and I’m determined to enjoy the role.

“At 27 I’m one of the oldest players in the squad anyway so I would act as a leader even if I wasn’t captain.”

Like everyone else in the first-team squad Bostwick has his eyes fixed firmly on the big prize this season. It’s promotion back to the Championship or bust for a player who signed a new, improved contract in the summer.

“Three years is too long to have been in League One,” Bostwick added. “Once you’ve played in the Championship you don’t really want to play anywhere else.

“We’ve had a good pre-season. We have played well and we had a good week away together in Ireland.

“I was happy to sign a new contract at the end of last season. I finished last season well after returning to midfield. I scored a few goals and if I play in midfield this season I would hope to score 10 at least.

“Our manager is a winner in my eyes. He’s a strong motivator and he knows what he wants and how to get it.

“I fancy us to have a good season and get back to the Championship where we belong.”