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News Archive > Sport > O’Hagan takes armband to ease pressure on JBE

O’Hagan takes armband to ease pressure on JBE

By 7th March 2018

O’Hagan takes armband to ease pressure on JBE
NEW SKIPPER: Danny O’Hagan is the new captain at Newquay AFC

EAGLE eye spectators at Mount Wise may well have noticed a changing of the guard of late with former Plymouth Argyle trainee Danny O'Hagan taking over the captaincy, writes Tom Howe.

The decision to hand O'Hagan, 41, the captain's armband was largely, according to Newquay manager Tony Mackellar, to take the pressure off previous skipper Jack Bray-Evans and free him up to rediscover his best form. Bray-Evans, a product of the Newquay Youth system, has led the team gallantly over the past few years, and put in a number of eye-catching performances in the face of massive adversity.

However, after a run of poor results, Mackellar admitted Bray-Evans was probably trying 'to do too much' in the captain's role and wanted his young midfielder to focus on the playing side for the time being.

He said: “We just felt that it would take a bit of pressure off Jack. We were going through a bit of a bad spell and I think other people around the club, not necessarily in the team, were questioning his ability as a captain, not as a player. To be honest, he has been performing better. I think he tries to do too much. Last season, he was probably our leading player and he still feels he has to fill that role but he doesn’t because we have other, better players around him now.

“Danny is a neutral player to give it to because of his experience but it was more to protect Jack because he was going through a bit of a tough patch and we thought that, if we could help him out, then we would do that. He has responded well and understood the decision.”

Another development at the club has been the departure of striker Tornado Bello, to Toolstation Western League side Cadbury Heath, and defender Nelson Eseleghye, who is rumoured to be in line for a move to a team in the Plymouth area. The pair were based outside of the county and the constant long-distance travel was beginning to take its toll, says Mackellar.

“It was becoming a strain on them as well as the club. We were having to pick them up from train stations as they don’t drive. They hadn’t really been performing either, if I am to be honest. They hadn’t played great and we had to look at it and ask whether it was worth spending the travel money. It is great to have that level of commitment but it was asking a bit much of them and the other players.

“If they had driven, I’m sure they would both still be here but the fact that they can’t, it is just impossible really.”

By 7th March 2018

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