Talismanic Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman has been sworn in as captain of the first team for a record sixth year on the spin.
Sharman was the obvious choice to continue as the club’s on-field leader – making it no surprise that he was re-elected at Friday night’s AGM.
Having replaced Andrew Branton back in 2009, nobody has now spent as many consecutive years as Town’s skipper – surpassing a record set 91 years ago.
The Spalding native told The Voice that he’s humbled by the decision and feels that he’s still the right man for the job.
He said: “I stood for captain again and was delighted that I was sworn in by the club.
“Obviously it’s very humbling for me to now hold the club record, it’s quite an honour to think that nobody else has led the team for this length of time.
“Being captain is something that I love doing and I really relish the responsibility.
“Looking to the future, it’s only right that the team that got promoted last season gets a go at a higher level.
“Everyone that played last year deserves their chance to play in Midlands One East and I personally feel that I should stay on as captain for now.”
Town are back in training on Tuesday, June 24 ahead of their return to Midlands One East.
Competitive rugby begins again at the end of August, but Sharman and his side will be playing a host of friendly fixtures before then.
Sharman, however, does reckon that next season could be his last one as skipper.
He added: “I feel that I’m the right man for the job at the moment, but that won’t last forever.
“I don’t know, maybe this could be my last year doing it. I’ve enjoyed the past few weeks and having a bit of time away from rugby to rest my body.
“The league we’re playing in next season is where we feel we belong and it’s a real challenge.
“So for now I’m focusing on us doing a bit better than last time we were in this league.”