Port Vale’s Tom Pope says he is enjoying being the captain of his hometown club again

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Neil Aspin has confirmed that his new captain for the season will be Port Vale veteran Tom Pope.

Pope enjoys captaining Aspin’s team, he said: “It’s nice to have the armband, I think the lads spoke in my favour (To the manager).

“I’ve been captain before in my first spell, it’s a nice honour but it doesn’t really change what I’m about.

“If somebody needs telling if I feel they’re having an off day I’ll tell them regardless, it doesn’t change much in that respect.

“Its always great leading the lads out and winning the game on a Saturday when you’ve got it on, its always nice.

The 32-year-old striker has already hit double figures for the season, but The Valiants forward isn’t setting any targets: “I don’t set targets, I used to when I was younger and naive.

“When you’ve been the lone striker for most of the season, you’re going to be looked at to score.

“As long as the team plays well I’m sure I will score goals, because of the quality we have out wide.”

Pope captained Vale in his previous spell at the club during the 2014/15 season.

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