Lucas Neill named as new Team Captain

West Ham United is delighted to announce that Lucas Neill has been appointed as our new Team Captain by manager Alan Curbishley.

The 28-year-old Australian defender, who is also captain of his national team, displayed impressive leadership qualities during our successful fight against relegation at the end of last season, and was seen by many as the natural successor to Nigel Reo-Coker, who recently joined Aston Villa.

Alan Curbishley says: "I'm pleased to confirm Lucas as the new team captain of West Ham United. He has all the qualities needed to captain a Club of this stature.

"He understands the role, has been used to it with Blackburn Rovers and Australia, and I'm sure it is an appointment that everybody at the Club is happy with."

Lucas, who returned to pre-season training at Upton Park today following international duty with Australia in the Asia Cup, says: "I'm absolutely overwhelmed and truly honoured to be named as captain of West Ham United.

"This is a Club with so much great history and so many great players who have led the team out - and to see my name up alongside those people is a fantastic feeling.

"It's an opportunity that I am going to relish. I will try to lead by example on and off the field and I promise all West Ham United supporters that I will lead their team out with immense pride."