After a spirited performance from Bolton to earn their first point of the season, Wanderers’ captain for the day, Harry Brockbank, should remain in the role for the rest of the season.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days then you’ll know that the youngest team in Bolton’s history, led by one of the team’s youngest ever captains, managed to hold Coventry City to a hard-earned draw on Saturday.
The heroic performance, without any of the club’s five ‘senior’ players, will certainly live long in the memory of the 8,900 fans in attendance at the UniBol on Saturday.
But it’s the Wanderers captain on Saturday, 20-year-old Harry Brockbank, who stood tallest at the final whistle after leading the team to its first point of the season.
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Brockbank has been a lifelong servant to the club after joining the ranks of the academy when he was just 8-years-old.
The young defender made his first appearances in the senior side at the end of last season as Wanderers’ financial issues off the pitch took their toll on the first team.
Brockbank was quickly on the receiving end of plenty of praise after a number of assured performances.
— Harry Brockbank (@harry_brockbank) August 10, 2019
However, his contract was due to expire in the summer and it was reported that a number of clubs were keen to take on the out-of-contract 20-year-old.
Thankfully for Wanderers, the defender decided to remain patient with his boyhood club and re-signed for the team at the earliest opportunity.
As a reward for his loyalty, Brockbank was awarded the captaincy against Coventry after the five senior players on Bolton’s books refused to participate.
The heroic display as since led many fans to believe that the youngsters should be kept as the starting side after the so-called senior players refused to play.
And who better to lead the side out on the pitch than young Harry Brockbank who looked cool, calm and collected in possession and full of passion at the final whistle.
He’d certainly get the vote over the likes of former Blackburn midfielder Jason Lowe who took on the captain’s armband in Bolton’s opening day defeat at Wycombe.
With Bolton quite clearly in his heart, Harry Brockbank, despite his lack of experience in the first team, would be ideal to remain in the role of Wanderers’ captain in the coming campaign.