Who will Martin O’Neill hand the Nottingham Forest captaincy to next season?

That is one of several decisions facing the Reds boss.

The armband was passed around towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

Claudio Yacob, Ben Osborn, Jack Colback and Jack Robinson all took it at one stage or another.

The latter inherited a leadership role for a final day outing against Bolton.

Is the position his to keep or was he merely keeping the strap warm for somebody else?

Michael Dawson, perhaps?

A man who was skipper before picking up an unfortunate injury is back to full fitness.

Prepared

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Dawson has told the club’s official website: “I trained for the last two or three weeks which was great for the confidence and knowing that my hamstring was right.

“I had been out for so long so to get match fit in games was tough, but for me knowing that summer was coming up I could train for two or three weeks, have the summer then come back in pre-season like everyone else.

“I have been in a couple of times during the summer to check everything is fine but I knew that it was. It was never going to be a problem and I am prepared for that first day of pre-season.”

If Dawson is ready to go again, then the armband should probably be his.

At 35 years of age and with strong ties to the club, he is the most logical candidate to lead.

It is unlikely that he will be able to take in every game of a Championship marathon.

Which means captaincy duties will be shared around at times.

Contention

 

But Dawson will fancy his chances of guiding the way, despite being yet to figure under O’Neill.

Colback, if he is returned to the City Ground, would be in contention.

He is certainly a character that likes to set the tone and drag others along with him.

Osborn is not cut from that cloth, but is a long-serving part of the fold.

Robinson, meanwhile, slots into the defensive unit alongside Dawson and has eyes across the field.

There may be other candidates.

Maybe a born leader will be acquired during the summer transfer window.

That seems unlikely though, given those the Reds are being linked with, and a familiar face, rather than a fresh one, should expect to lead Forest out on the opening day of the 2019-20 campaign.

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