Yeovil Town's left-sided player Ryan Dickson spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden on Thursday 27th July, after he had been named club captain for the 2015-16 season.
RD: I'm obviously looking forward to it. It's always an honour to captain whatever team, but I've been here before and it's a club that I know quite well, being a West Country lad, so I'm really looking forward to it.
AD: Last time you were here, they were in League One, and that was before they'd been in the Championship - has much changed here really, since you were here last?
RD: Yes, I think a lot of the faces here have changed. The club had always been a League One club, since I've been in football, and the club has obviously always been very successful over the years. Credit to everyone here as that's a great achievement. But apart from that, everything is obviously still the same. The training ground has actually improved quite a lot. But yes I'm looking forward to the season ahead.
AD: So what is the mission statement this year?
RD: Obviously we want to do as well as we can. I think that it's a league which for whatever reason this year there's quite a lot of investment in the teams, so it will be competitive. But I think that we're quietly confident that we can compete with them. I think that Yeovil is one of those clubs that has always - dare I say it - over-achieved through the togetherness and the team spirit of the football club.
I think the boys have no choice - everybody lives here. It isn't like you travel in from all different parts of London when you're at a London club. So you spend a lot of time together and that has always been a massive positive at this football club, in the togetherness of the players here in the past, and the togetherness of the whole club - it's very community based as a town. We're going to need to get that positive atmosphere back. We've got a good bunch of lads here, and we're going to need that togetherness.
AD: You're a West County lad, so you understand the West Country, but for those who maybe come from a big city, it's a bit different, isn't it?
RD: Yes, that's it. It will take a bit of time for some of the people to get used to, especially if they are London lads or people who are used to a different environment. But it's a nice place to live. It's quiet and it gives you that chance to just focus upon your football, and nothing else, and being as professional as you can, because there's not a lot of outside influences which are going to take that away from you.
AD: And you've had a bit of time now in pre-season, so things are starting to come together. It seems that you're all getting along well, by the looks of it?
RD: Yes, the gaffer has installed a pool table and a darts board, because in his background he's always liked his team spirits to be good. It was the same situation down in Plymouth. So that's something that I think the boys like as well. You get to bond together - they're young lads away from home, so you do form friendships quickly.
AD: And it is going to be a young team, isn't it?
RD: Yes, that's it. The team has obviously changed dramatically, which it has to. The gaffer has brought in some young fairly promising players. So fingers crossed that things will be okay for us.
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