Lee Peltier is ready to talk his way to success this season – and wants his Huddersfield Town teammates to do the same.
The 27-year-old is back for a second spell in blue and white stripes and has been made captain ahead of what will be his 104th appearance for the club at home to Bournemouth.
The Liverpool product wore the armband at Leeds – he has also been at Leicester since leaving Town in 2011 – and is looking forward to taking on leadership duties once again.
“When I signed this summer, the manager said he expected me to be a big character in the dressing room and on the pitch.
“I’m at that age where I have a lot of experience behind me, more than 300 league games.
“I think I naturally do the things a captain needs to, like talking and organising.
“I’ll be shouting, but I expect it all back, because you need more than one captain out there.
“Michael Brown and Stephen Warnock did that at Leeds, and I took a lot from them.”
Peltier believes Town have made good progress in pre-season as they prepare for a third Championship campaign.
“The Portugal trip was good and gave me a chance to get to know the lads better,” he explained.
“The results have been up and down, but we’ve been doing a lot of work on formation as well as fitness, so you can’t read much into the scores.
“We certainly need to strengthen defensively, and that will be in our minds as we go into the season.”
Peltier is recognised as a right-back, but has played in the centre of a defensive three in most of the friendlies.
“I think you’ll see me pop up in a few different positions,” he explained.
“It depends on the players we have available and the sides we are facing, but I don’t really mind whereabouts I am in the side, as long is I’m in it.
“We’re not setting any targets, we just want to try our best to focus on each game as it comes and win as many as we can.
“We need to get some consistency, and in this league, if you can string a few wins together, you never know where it can take you.”