Angus MacDonald: Torquay United captain impresses manager

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Angus MacDonald
Angus MacDonald has made 55 league appearances for Torquay United in his three spells at the club

Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson says Angus MacDonald's leadership skills have impressed him since taking over earlier this week.

The 22-year-old central defender has been given the captaincy by Nicholson.

"The way he carries himself on the pitch and the way he carries himself around the place is impressive.

"He just oozes leader, especially for a young lad. I have to be honest, I didn't realise he was only 22, I thought he was older," Nicholson said.

MacDonald joined the Gulls in the summer of 2014 after two loan spells while he was on Reading's books, and he was tipped as a future captain of the club by former manager Chris Hargreaves in February.

"He just sets the tone and I need players like that," Nicholson told BBC Sport.

"He's not the only one; you look at Louis Briscoe, you look at Simon Heslop, Durrell Berry, James Hurst, players that might not say a lot, but they're leaders in how they've played and how they do things. That's what I'm after.

"I'm after 11 people that go out and they might not scream and shout at each other, but if they put their foot in when they need to and if they're running 60 yards like their life depends on it when they need to, then that's leadership and that's what I'm after."