Kisnorbo awarded City captaincy

Defender Patrick Kisnorbo has been named the inaugural captain of Melbourne City for the 2014-15 A-League season.

Kisnorbo becomes the first captain of the club since they were re-branded from Melbourne Heart following the City Football Group's take-over.

The former Socceroo succeeds good friend Harry Kewell who captained Heart when available last season. 

Kisnorbo is delighted to lead his teammates out in a weeks time against Sydney FC in round one. 

“I’m very humbled, honoured and proud to be appointed captain of Melbourne City FC,” Kisnorbo said.

“We have a strong squad here that includes a great mix of youth, experience, local and international talent, and it is a privilege to be asked to lead it.  It is an important responsibility and something I am looking forward to taking on.

"It has been a really exciting and productive off-season; the boys have worked hard as a group and we are expecting a competitive A-League season.”

The 33-year-old has worn the armband for most of pre-season and City head coach John van't Schip says the appointment of Kisnorbo as captain was an obvious one. 

“Patrick consistently shows the leadership qualities that we look for and expect in a captain and his readiness to lead the team is evident,” van’t Schip said.

“His experience will be invaluable as he leads the side into this important season.”