SOUTHEND United manager Kevin Bond opted to name Jason Demetriou skipper for his first game in charge.

Demetriou wore the armband for the 2-2 draw at Fleetwood Town.

And Bond was full of praise for the experienced right-back.

“He’s one of the most senior players at the club, he’s well respected and everyone likes him,” said Bond, explaining the decision.

“I thought he played like a captain today too, he was magnificent.”