New Horsham RUFC skipper Matt Brown is realising one of two lifetime ambitions by taking on the captaincy for the 2012-13 season.
Brown will take over from Simon Matterface when the new season begins, and wants a strong year from the Green and Whites.
He, and new vice-captain Giles Barber have been at the club since their minis rugby days, and for Matt, 26, it is the reward for a 21 year long association with Horsham.
He said: “I remember when, I went to watch Horsham play for the first time, against Haywards Heath in a cup final, I always wanted to be captain at Horsham and play for England, it’s more realistic to be Horsham captain.”
The Green and Whites have undergone changes this summer with Nick Stocker taking on the head coach role vacated by Mal Chumbley, who is now diector of rugby at Eastbourne.
And Matt, who is eager for a top four finish in London South East 3 this season, feels great loyalty to the club.
Matt was friends with fellow young players Kieran Smith and Sam Lewis, who died within a month of each other in 2004.
“There is a great famnily atmsphere and I have made a number of great friends there.
“I have a massive loyalty to the rugby club.”
Brown added: “We will be building from last year. We petered out a bit towards the end of last season, we want to make sure we do win the games that on paper we should win.”