Jamaal Lascelles delighted to become Newcastle United captain

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Swansea's Alberto Paloschi

The former Nottingham Forest star will lead the Magpies' promotion charge on the Championship this season.

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Swansea's Alberto PaloschiNewcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles in action with Swansea's Alberto Paloschi

Newcastle United announced former Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles as their new captain on Thursday, and the 22-year-old spoke to the club's website to discuss his delight at the decision.

Lascelles has skippered the Magpies through their pre-season schedule and Rafa Benitez has clearly seen the leadership skills necessary to give him the armband on a permanent basis, and the defenders is now sure to lead the side in this weekend's Championship opener against Fulham.

"It's an unbelievable feeling for a manager like Rafa Benitez to give me the captain's armband at a club like this," Lascelles is quoted as telling nufc.co.uk.

"It is a lot of responsibility for a young player but I will always give my all because I want what is best for the team and the club. It is such a proud moment for me and the biggest in my career so far.

"It is nice for someone to show that much trust in you, and I want to repay the manager's faith by leading this team back into the Premier League."

It caps some year for Lascelles, at least on a personal level. Though like all associated with the Magpies he will have been devastated to see the North-East giants relegated from the Premier League last season, Lascelles finally broke into the first team at St James's Park in the previous campaign, having originally signed for the club alongside Karl Darlow in the summer of 2014.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during trainingNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during training

The centre-back joined Darlow in spending another season on loan at the City Ground, and then initially started last season on the bench in the league before making his debut against Manchester City, in what was a soul sapping 6-1 defeat.

But even though Lascelles was playing out of position at left-back in that game, it is a testament to his character that his confidence emerged intact.

More minutes came and from January onwards he missed just three league games, regularly starting in his preferred position.

And such is the impact Lascelles made, and the character he demonstrated, he will be tasked with the vital role of leading the players on the pitch in a promotion charge on the Championship.

Jamaal Lascelles celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle while sustaining a injury to the mouthJamaal Lascelles celebrates after scoring for Newcastle

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