Bailey Wright tells PNE.Com he is always ready to wear the skipper’s armband if called upon.
The 20-year-old Australian captained the side for the second time this season, the first away at Carlisle United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Wright, who partnered Chris Robertson in the heart of the North End backline against the Sky Blues, wore the armband with maturity and did not look like one of the younger PNE players on the pitch.
Only winger Jeffrey Monakana and defender Ben Davies, who was making his debut for the Club were younger than Wright, with the Lilywhites number 26 closing in on his 50th senior appearance.
Speaking to North End’s official website before he started preparation for Tuesday’s trip to Crawley Town, Wright said how the team need to improve on Saturday’s draw against Mark Robins’ Coventry and look to make it back to back away wins in League One in 2013.
“It was an honour to walk the lads out and lead the team into last weekend’s game against Coventry City. It was a great feeling to do it once again and it is a role I have previously done before,” said the powerful centre back.
“The manager spoke to me about being captain last Thursday so I knew a couple of days before the game. He asked me if I was ready to take the honour and I told him I was ready and I was very proud that I was given the chance.
“It helps that I have worn the armband; I have captained the youth and reserve team so it is nice and hopefully I will captain the team again in the future.
“As a group we feel we played a lot better against Coventry City, the team showed good character to come from behind to score the equaliser through Nicky Wroe. It has encouraged the team and we are looking for three points at Crawley Town on Tuesday night.
“We need to start climbing the league table and to do that you need to win football matches and Crawley Town is the next opportunity to do so.
“No game is an easy game in this league, I can remember the game against Crawley earlier this season at Deepdale and they deserved to win the game. We will be looking to change that and make sure we are the better side this time around.
“Our away form has been quite good this season, it can be better but our home form has mainly let us down. Saying that we can’t afford to be complacent, we want to make it even better.
“Ben Davies was brilliant, he made a great debut, he is only 17 years old and he did very well. Everybody has given Ben good feedback and he is a credit to himself for going out there last weekend and applying himself professionally and getting the job done.”