Oct 8 2012 By Matt Lewis
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SAM Cox believes skippering Tottenham Hotspur’s youth team groomed him for his role as Hayes & Yeading captain.
Cox signed for United during the summer following his release from League Two Barnet, and was immediately handed the armband.
Experienced campaigners Mark Bentley and Pele had both been touted as possible candidates for the captaincy by boss Nas Bashir.
But instead he put his faith in the 21-year-old midfielder, who insists the challenge of leading a team into battle is nothing new for him.
“I was captain of Spurs’ U16 team as well as their reserves and I had the armband a few times at Boreham Wood last season so it is a job that I enjoy doing,” he said.
“I’ve always grown up in this role because it’s the kind of player I am. I like to lead on the pitch and be vocal.”
For some, the added responsibility of taking up the reins ahead of a former Premier League star like Pele would be difficult to cope with. But it is not an issue for Cox, who says the former Southampton and West Brom defender has proved a great source of knowledge.
“It’s not difficult at all. Pele has helped me so much,” he said. “Players like him and Mark Bentley give me all the advice I need to be a better captain, because I haven’t been a full-time skipper in this division before.
“Pele speaks to me every day, particularly at training, and he’s the most professional player I’ve come across. He leads by example and of course it’s not just about one person, you’ve got to have 11 captains on the pitch when you step over that white line.”