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Whing on Oxford United captaincy mission
ANDY Whing says captaining Oxford United during Jake Wright’s absence is an honour and he is determined not to lose a game on his watch.
The 28-year-old took on the added responsibility last weekend as the U’s drew 2-2 at Cheltenham Town. The role will continue in the short term, with Wright expected to be out for four to six weeks following minor groin surgery.
It comes at an important time, with United’s strong start likely to be severely tested by leaders Chesterfield – Sky Bet League Two’s only other unbeaten team – when they visit the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.
Whing, who signed a new two-year contract this summer, was thrilled to deputise for Wright and wants to hand the armband back with the side still flying high in the table.
He said: “Obviously I’m just keeping it warm for Jake because he has been absolutely brilliant for the last couple of years.
“He has been different class for us on the pitch and we are going to miss him.
“The injury is just one of those and I’m proud to take it on.
“Hopefully we can stay unbeaten while he is out and I can hand it back to him when he gets back.
“It’s a big compliment. I’ve been here a couple of years and I’m very happy to be here.
“I think we have something to achieve this season, so I’m delighted to be a part of it and being captain is an honour.”
Although it is a new role, Whing has been a vocal presence on the pitch since joining United in 2011.
The former Coventry City trainee does not believe being captain will alter his approach.
He said: “Not really, the players probably hate me sometimes with me moaning at them, but I don’t think I’ll change whether I’m wearing the armband or not.
“There are different kinds of captains, I’m just probably the same whatever.”
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