Bournemouth captain Lloyd Kelly believes taking the armband at the Cherries has made him a better player.
Kelly became one of the EFL's youngest captains after been handed the armband at the age of 22 at the start of this campaign and he has certainly earned his keep in the role, earning a place in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season.
“I’ve developed massively,” he noted. “Being named captain at the start of the season was good for me personally. I felt like I’ve developed a lot over the season, not just on the pitch but off the pitch as well I’ve been that leader.”
“It was a strange one (being named captain). We had Steve Cook at the Club and it was going into pre-season and I was acting as captain going into those pre-season friendlies.
“I knew the first game of the season was right around the corner. We went into that first game against West Brom at home and the captain’s armband was in my place. It’s stayed there ever since.”
The 23-year-old has had the opportunity to play alongside former Premier League stars and former England internationals – something which he suggests has helped his progression come on leaps and bounds this year.
“We’ve brought in Gary Cahill who has helped the squad and helped me as well,” he continued. “I’ve learned a lot from him when we were playing together at centre-back. It was a great experience.”