McKain’s appointment as the player who will lead the Reds into battle for this season was announced by Head Coach Rini Coolen at the club’s Gala Dinner. While stating there were a number of possible candidates for the role, Coolen said that based on the characteristics the club was looking for, McKain proved the ideal fit.
“I think it’s a very important job, one that brings a lot of responsibility with it and there were a number of things that were in important in considering the choice of captain,” Coolen said.
“He is a great professional, a natural leader, his position on the field as a central defender is an important one, and together with the mentality and experience he has, he ticks all of the boxes.”
“On top of that he is also an Australian player, so all of those things led to Jon being the ideal person to be our captain for the upcoming season.”
Being given the duty to lead the Reds and wear the captain’s armband is a privilege McKain humbly accepts.
“Obviously first of all it’s an honour to be considered to captain this side and I know what this football club means to the people of Adelaide, they’re very passionate supporters and it has got a big following,” McKain said.
McKain’s selection comes after the Brisbane born defender held the position of vice-captain at a number of his previous clubs, including his time at the Wellington Phoenix and during his stints in Saudi Arabia and Romania.
The 28 year old with 16 Qantas Socceroos appearances to his name says the added responsibility of the captaincy is something he is confident he can handle.
“It sits with me fine and I’m comfortable with it,” McKain said.
Further to the announcement of McKain as captain, Coolen also revealed goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic and reigning Club Champion Cassio as the club’s vice-captains.
McKain will have his first chance to lead the Reds when Adelaide United meets Gold Coast United in a pre season match at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday 9 September 2011.
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