JAMES Brown has once again been handed the arm band and will captain the Moama Echuca Border Raiders this season.
It is Brown’s second season in charge of the team, as the Raiders gear up for another year in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League, which starts in three and a half weeks.
Raiders head coach Darryl Brown said he was happy to be able to come to an agreement with the other coaches that son James take the reins on-field this year.
‘‘He’s been a captain for a couple of years now, and he’s been in the Raiders for the past 15 years or so. In that time he’s been in the first team for about five of those,’’ Darryl said.
The head coach named his captain after the club’s intra-club pre-season match on Monday night.
‘‘That game went well, it was a good opportunity to see all the players together and work out a few things such as structure and player positions — those were the main things,’’ he said.
Next up for the Raiders is a friendly match away against Kyneton — a side which used to play in the BASL alongside the club, but has since moved south to play in Melbourne.
‘‘I talked to Kyneton this morning, and it looks like we’ll play on the 25th in Kyneton,’’ Brown said.
‘‘It’ll be a special game for us, as we’ll get to play them on a nice ground, not a water-logged ground. That’ll be the men’s firsts and the women’s firsts too.
‘‘They’re in the state league five. They used to be in the BASL league, but for their own reasons they moved, but we used to play against them back in the day.’’
Bolstering that side travelling to Kyneton will be new Italian signing Tiziano Carbone, who previously played in Melbourne, before moving north to the twin towns.
‘‘He’s exciting for sure,’’ Brown said.
‘‘We’re looking forward to seeing him around and he will most definitely be playing up top for us or on the wings. He’s been playing down in Melbourne but he’s come up here now — it’s nice to pick up a few players rather than lose them.’’
The Border Raiders head coach was pleased to be able to ease his team into the season, avoiding big names like Shepparton South and Eaglehawk until rounds seven and 11 respectively.
The side will start its season away against Swan Hill on April 8, before heading to Strathdale for the second round on April 15.