The decision to make Sean McGinty captain of Torquay United for Tuesday’s badly-needed 1-0 win at Sutton United was a “no-brainer”, according to head coach Gary Owers, even though he had vice-captain Luke Young available for the job.
With Josh Gowling nursing a knee injury, fellow centre-back McGinty was expected to carry on in the role against Leyton Orient yesterday, with Young still in his usual midfield role.
But Owers explained that he didn’t want to burden former Plymouth Argyle favourite Young with the cares of captaincy at this stage, and he regards McGinty as “a natural leader” with potential to play higher up the League ladder.
“Luke has been my best player by far since I’ve been here, and the last thing he needs is to take on the added responsibility of being captain. He leads by example anyway, but he just needs to keep doing what he is doing,” said Owers.
“It was a no-brainer for me. Sean McGinty – I see him as a natural leader. I gave him the opportunity, and he took it really well.
“He’s got a good attitude, he’s got everything to be a good centre-half and I was pleased to give him the added responsibility.
“There’s a bit more to come from him, and he’s someone I think we can improve.”
In a season of almost constant change McGinty and Young have quite a distinction in being United’s only ever-present starters.
McGinty, 24, who once cost Manchester United £1-million as a 17- year-old from Charlton Athletic, was captain of Aldershot Town before he joined Torquay 18 months ago.
“When the gaffer pulled me on Monday after training and said ‘I want you to take the armband’, I was delighted,” he said.
“It’s my second year here now, and it was a proud moment.
“It shouldn’t really change the way you go into a game, but you are leading the team into battle and that’s exactly how it felt on Tuesday night.
“After Fylde last Saturday we had lost three on the trot, with a long journey home and then travel- ling up to Sutton, and you can’t help wondering ‘When is it ever going to happen for us?’.
“Everyone had written us off. It was definitely against the odds.
“But we were backing each other up and getting blocks in that we weren’t getting on Saturday, so to win at Sutton and as captain made it a really good moment.
“Obviously, I’m very happy to do it while ‘Gowls’ is not fit.”