Date: 10th August 2007 at 8:43pm
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Ismail Yakubu will skipper the Bees.

There has been a lot of discussion among supporters as to whom they think should be handed the armband after Ian Hendon stepped into the assistant manager role and now Paul Fairclough has decided that man should be the 22 year old centre-back.

22 is a young age to be taking over the captaincy with most teams opting for a an experienced player but Lee Harrison and Sagi Burton are the only players in the squad who fulfills that requirement – with the lattering having just arrived this summer and Harrison being appointed club captain earlier in the summer. Burton, 29, has been given the vice-captaincy.

But at 22, Yakubu has already been at the club for more than a decade, having arrived at the club aged 11 as a youth player. Ex-Bees Boss Peter Shreeves was the man to hand Yakubu his debut with the club at 17, and has been an excellent prospect with a number of Premiership clubs tracking him. The likes of Manchester City, West Ham and Chelsea have given him chances to train with their first-teams whilst he has also been on a summer tour in Asia with Arsenal.

Yakubu, the team captain, will be wearing the armband on match days with the only official functions is to be involved in the coin toss, whilst Harrison, the club captain, is a figure-head for the club, often involved in media relations on behalf of the team.

Fairclough says ‘It’s a role he will relish,’ having ‘watched him develop from a boy to a man’ both ‘as a player and a person.’

Yakubu will be leading the team out for the first time in tomorow’s game at Morecambe.