Jamaal Lascelles has been named the new captain of Newcastle United.
Lascelles was the outstanding candidate and many fans' choice to take over from Fabricio Coloccini, who headed back to Argentina with San Lorenzo.
The former Nottingham Forest defender came into the side late last season, and despite a difficult first start against Bournemouth, Lascelles became a key player under Rafael Benitez in the closing games of the season.
Speaking to the club website, Lascelles said:"It's an unbelievable feeling for a manager like Rafa Benitez to give me the captain's armband at a club like this."
The new captain signed for Newcastle in August 2014, along with his Forest teammate Karl Darlow, and immediately returned on loan to the City Ground.
Lascelles made his league debut for Newcastle as a substitute in a 6-1 defeat to Manchester City under Steve McClaren. In less than a year, the centre-back has emerged as a leader in the Newcastle camp, and despite his age, will hope to lead Newcastle back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Now a fan-favourite after his stand-out performances in Newcastle's failed battle against relegation, fans have taken to Twitter to express their feelings about their new captain.
Lascelles clearly cares and finally we have someone who is not afraid to stand up and say something. #CaptainJamaal— Sarah (@ii_Loveyou_x) August 4, 2016
Jamaal Lascelles named as the Toon captain I'm very happy with that, young man who's got the fight you want as a player. #NUFC— Kennie Malia (@kenniem09) August 4, 2016
Lascelles is 22 years old and captain of my football club, I'm 22 next week and the only armband I'll ever wear is when I go swimming! #NUFC— Josh Pearson (@JoshPearson_10) August 4, 2016
Lascelles is brilliant and deserving of the captaincy. Led our team when no one else did. Congratulations @Lascelles16 !— Nathaniel Graham (@NatGraham21) August 4, 2016
Lascelles simply the best and most obvious choice. Kid grew into the role end of last season. Not afraid to speak out and take charge.— Matty P (@mattypnufc) August 4, 2016
Lascelles is 100% right choice for captain!! Over the moon!! Brings so much passion and determination to the game— Ceara (@Ceara_Best) August 4, 2016