Gloucester City will start the new season with a new club captain as Tom Webb hands over the skipper’s armband to Matt Coupe.
Tigers boss Dave Mehew said he had taken the decision in a bid to ‘freshen up’ the squad and allow Tom to fully focus on his role in the team.
He explained: “We had a chat at the end of last season and I said I wanted to freshen things up and this is one of the things I’m going to do. Tom has a new baby and will be starting a new job, we are looking at possibly playing him in a new position this season and I want him to focus on that as his priority.
“Coupey gives us a different voice in the dressing room and he was the stand out candidate when we were making the decision, although there were a few other players we considered. He is one of the senior figures in the dressing room and he brings a maturity to the squad.
“This is by no means the end of Webby, with Lewis Hogg coming in and with Darren Mullings also in midfield we will have versatility and depth across midfield this season.”
27-year-old Tom, who holds the all time appearance record for Gloucester City, took over the captaincy from another Gloucester-born player, Neil Mustoe. New skipper Matt joined the Tigers in 2010 from Bath City.