NEW FC Clacton skipper Wayne Chapman will enjoy the responsibility of wearing the captain’s armband, according to manager Kieron Shelley.

Chapman has inherited the role from Kevin Coyle, who recently moved on to Bostik League neighbours Brightlingsea Regent.

He returned to the club towards the end of last season after a spell with coastal neighbours Holland FC.

“Wayne’s going to be our skipper next season and it’s well deserved, because he’s a great lad and a born winner,” said Shelley.

“He brings drive, determination and enthusiasm to the side.

“He hates losing and will always give his all to make sure that doesn’t happen, whether it’s the first minute of the game or the last.

“He commands respect in midfield and the players around feed off that and buy into it. I can see that already.

“Wayne’s very proud to be captain of his home-town club.

“He knows what it means and will thrive on the responsibility.”

Meanwhile, Shelley has admitted having competition to sign new goalkeeper Peter Haxell, who has joined after parting company with Wivenhoe Town.

“We’re delighted to get Peter, because a few clubs were after him after he left Wivenhoe,” said the Seasiders boss.

“He fits the bill for us and has given everyone a lift.

“The same goes for the two Jakes, Hearn and Plane.

“Both are full of enthusiasm and willing to give their all.

“They’ve got a great attitude.”

Another new recruit is left-back Harry White, who has joined on a season-long loan from Brightlingsea.

“Harry’s a bright young lad,” said Shelley. “He’s a neat footballer and full of enthusiasm.

“He’s got a great attitude and he’s been taught the right way, as you’d expect for one of the Brightlingsea boys.

“He’s another with a point to prove, because he wants to show Brightlingsea he can play for them in the Bostik League.”