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Cherries: Addison happy to rattle some cages in captain's role
PROUD Miles Addison insists he is determined to be a successful Cherries captain – even if he has to ruffle a few feathers.
The Cherries star vowed to be a vocal and strong skipper after boss Paul Groves handed him the armband on a permanent basis.
Addison, signed by Groves from Derby County this summer, succeeded Adam Barrett following his departure to Gillingham last week.
The former England under-21s defender captained Cherries at Oxford United before retaining the role for the League One clash at Portsmouth.
Now officially the club’s skipper, he will march Cherries into battle against promotion contenders MK Dons at Goldsands Stadium tonight (7.45pm).
Addison told the Daily Echo: “I am very proud to be captain of this club, proud to be captain of this team and proud to be Paul Groves’s captain.
“It is a big honour for me and my mum and dad were very proud watching me walk out and leading the team against Oxford.
“But there is no point in me being captain of a losing team. I want to be captain of a winning team.
“I captained Derby when I was 19 so I know what captaincy material is and what is needed to be a good captain for this team. It is quite a young team and I feel honoured to lead them.”
The 23-year-old penned a three-year deal with Cherries after making his move permanent following 14 appearances on loan last term.
He says he knows exactly what will be required of him in his new role.
“I think I have got to be vocal and I have got to be the manager’s voice on the pitch,” said Addison.
“I am not sure if some of the players appreciate it sometimes – if I am a bit too vocal – but that is the way it has got to be.
“In the end, they know if I am shouting at them or having a go at them that it is all for the best and that I just want the best for everyone. I just want the team to be successful.”
Addison revealed he had settled in the area but insisted off-field luxuries did not make him happy – because on-field success is his priority.
He added: “It is a lovely area and it is really nice. The sun is out so you get to see Bournemouth for what it is – a beautiful town.
“But I could be living in a bin or a mansion – it doesn’t matter because if I am not happy on the pitch then I am going to be unhappy off it.”
- Cherries’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round clash at Portsmouth on Tuesday, September 4 will be screened live on Sky Sports.