Schoolboy to skipper: Herbert named Tuffley Rovers Captain for 2019/20 Season

Macaulay Herbert has been named Tuffley Rovers First Team Captain for the 2019/20 season, the club have confirmed. 

The 24 year old centre back takes over the armband vacated by Joel White, who departed for Southern League Slimbridge during the summer, and the news sees Herbert add another chapter to his Rovers career.

After breaking through into the first team as a fresh faced 16 year old, Herbert has grown into one Tuffley’s most consistent and valuable performers and despite still being 8 months shy of 25 years old, is now one of Rovers’ most experienced players ahead of the big kick off this weekend.

Herbert spoke to Severn Sport after finding out the news and couldn’t hide his joy whilst thanking manager Mark Pritchett and first team coach Rich Cox for having faith in him.

“It’s a great feeling.” Herbert said. “I was captain of the U18s so it’s always been a personal goal of mine to be club captain, in fact I remember telling Severn Sport that this was a goal of mine last summer so it’s great to get the nod. 

Pritch & Coxy said it would be between me and Wazza [Warren Mann] at the start of pre-season and I’ve been captain every game I have played and thoroughly enjoyed it. But it is time to prove they made the right decision. 

I’m very excited to get going with the lads in our squad. Yes, we have lost a few over the summer but we have gained some real quality in all areas. I’m confident that we do a lot better than last season – starting with Virginia Water on Saturday.” Herbert added.

Herbert made his first team debut at the age of 16, after captaining the Tuffley U18s side

With one of his goals ticked off ahead of the new season, we asked the new Tuffley Rovers captain about his aims for this season and Herbert remains ambitious for the season ahead.

“As always a top 10 finish and a decent cup run is the main aim. Whether I was captain or not, I want to win a cup with Tuffley and that still remains one of my main goals now I have the armband. We definitely have the players capable of doing it.” 

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The news was confirmed on the club website in a press release ahead of Tuffley’s opening day fixture away at Virginia Water, as the club also confirmed that experienced midfielder Warren Mann will be vice-captain.

In the release, it has also been confirmed that goalkeeper Alex Avenell had signed Hellenic League forms for the club and will make his full debut at Virginia Water, as he continues to fill in for an injured Luke Merchant.

Avenell, was in goal for Slimbridge during their 3-2 defeat against Yate Town on Thursday night and was due to sign Southern League forms with the club.

Courtney Hamilton has returned to the club after initially signing for Bishops Cleeve at the start of the summer and joins a new look midfield that boasts Jack Beardsell, who signed from local rivals Fairford Town, Martin Smith and Dom Kent – who will be looking for a more prominent role this term.

Elsewhere in the squad, Rovers have secured the return of Adam Bloomfield on a dual registration basis with Slimbridge, as well as Ellis Waugh – who played and scored for both Tuffley Rovers and Longlevens during the Severn Sport Shield in pre-season.

Tuffley Rovers kick off their Hellenic League Premier Division campaign off with a trip to Virginia Water on Saturday 3rd August – Check out the full list of fixtures here. 

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