Jamaal Lascelles to remain club Captain
Eddie Howe has confirmed that the long-standing skipper will remain club Captain for the forthcoming season.
Eddie Howe, courtesy of The Chronicle:
"It's a difficult question to ask, Jamaal is our captain. He led the team really well last season."
"He is a big presence and a very positive influence in the squad. He has been excellent pre-season so Jamaal is our captain."
"If he doesn't play for whatever reason, injuries or whatever, I will pick somebody else. But it's not the time to talk about it."
"Jamaal is definitely staying. He is a big part of what we are doing."
- Lascelles joined the club in summer 2014 along with Karl Darlow but didn't feature for the Magpies until pre-season of the 2015/16 season, having been loaned-back to selling club Nottingham Forest for the season prior
- Rafa Benitez made Lascelles his Captain ahead of the 2016/17 promotion campaign
- He has represented the club as skipper 193 times, scoring 11 times during that spell
Lascelles sat down with Alan Shearer during the club's first season back in the Premier League, discussing matters including the captaincy: