Keiran Thomas has been given the role of team captain for Gloucester City ahead of the upcoming National League South season.

Thomas, 22, captained Cinderford Town to the Southern League Division One South & West title in the 2015/16 season, and has been handed the captain’s armband for the Tigers.

Tom Webb will remain club captain as he goes in search of the 700 appearances milestone this year.

Speaking on his new appointment, Thomas couldn’t hide his delight at being handed the armband.

“It’s an absolute honour to follow in the footsteps of someone like Tom Webb and to be captaining this club means a great deal to me” he said.

“I was ecstatic when the gaffer told me he wanted me to have the armband this year because of my consistency and experience captaining Cinderford and I can’t wait to repay his faith in me.”

Having made the Supporters and Players Player of the Season for 2016/17 his new skipper, Tim Harris was keen to convey his admiration for Thomas.

“Keiran has come in last season and been the best right back in the National League North, and when you look at the quality full backs in that league it’s no mean feat.

“We’ve given him the armband to be team captain but Tom Webb remains as club captain, similar to how John Terry was club captain at Chelsea last season, both of whom are absolute legends at their clubs.”

Harris’ City side face Derby County at the Jubilee Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and it will be a special occasion for Thomas who will play against his younger brother Luke for the first time.

Luke Thomas enjoyed a very successful spell on loan at City last season, and Keiran says this is a game he’s been looking forward to all pre-season.

“I’m looking forward to the Derby friendly a lot and this is the one I have wanted to play all pre-season,” Thomas said.

Thomas has never played against his brother before and the man known as ‘Pitbull’ during his time as a youngster with Cheltenham Town admits he may have to think twice before flying into a challenge with 18-year-old Luke.

“A lot of people have been asking me and I’m not sure I could crunch him!” he said.

“It’ll be a bit weird being on the opposite side, but I am definitely looking forward to it.”

Kick-off at the Jubilee Stadium is 15:00. Admission prices are £10 adults, £5 concessions and £1 under 16s.

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