Thwaite named Perth Glory captain

Defender Michael Thwaite said he was “deeply humbled” after receiving the Glory armband from retired  Perth skipper Jacob Burns at the club’s season launch on Thursday.

Thwaite will be charged with the responsibility of captaining the A-League outfit into a new era following five seasons under Burns.

The 31-year old Brisbane-born player and 13-cap Socceroo was unveiled as the team’s leader at a packed launch at nib Stadium.

“I am deeply humbled and proud to be given such a privilege” Thwaite said.

“I’d like to thank Coach Kenny Lowe and assistant Andy Ord for having faith in me and allowing me to lead the team on the park, week in, week out.

“It’s a tremendous honour to be named captain of Perth Glory FC and I will do my best to lead by example and help inspire my teammates and ensure the team is taken to uncharted territory in season 10 of the Hyundai A-League”

Thwaite took out the gong for 'Most Glorious Player' last season and Lowe said his leadership and experience would be vital in a team boasting seven new players.

“This is Michael’s third season at the club, he’s played overseas and being a young father, he’s got the skills to get through to players in the heat of battle and inspire them to pick up their game” Lowe said.

After a disappointing eighth-placed finish in 2013/14, Glory have undergone an overhaul with Irish international, Andy Keogh, Mitch Nichols, Richard Garcia and Youssouf Hersi among those brought in to strengthen the squad.

Glory kick off their 2014/15 campaign with an away match in Wellington against the Phoenix on Sunday.