Aston Villa have confirmed John Terry as the club’s new captain for the 2017/18 campaign, which will see him wear the armband for this first time in the club’s pre-season friendly against Shrewsbury on Saturday afternoon.
The former Chelsea skipper – who joined the club on a free transfer – will take over the leadership position from James Chester for the upcoming season.
Despite signing a one-year deal at the club early in July, manager Steve Bruce has entrusted the Chelsea legend to lead Aston Villa up the Championship table next season – where Terry is said to secure a £2m bonus if he returns the club back to the top flight at the end of the season.
However, the responsibility will be nothing new for the 36-year-old who wore the armband for Chelsea for almost 15-years, and for England in two different spells.
I hope Chester doesn’t feel bad, there is absolutely no shame losing the armband to one of the greatest leaders ever in football #avfc
— Sam Crawford (@samcrawford23) July 15, 2017
With promotion back to the Premier League firmly on the Claret and Blues’ to do list, Terry will hope to guide the club back to the top-flight as he led Chelsea to back-to-back titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06.
Aston Villa kick-off their new Championship campaign against newly relegated Hull City on August 5 at Villa Park.