SOUTHEND United manager Kevin Bond has yet to decide who will skipper the Shrimpers in League One this season.

Jason Demetriou and Sam Mantom were both selected as captains by Bond during his six games in charge at the end of the previous campaign.

But Bond has not finalised who will lead out his team this term.

“I haven’t really thought too much about it at the moment,” said Bond.

“I’m not devaluing the importance of it but I do have more pressing matters at the moment because we have to sign players.”

Blues, who have made just three summer signings so far, had several captains throughout last season with Mark Oxley, Simon Cox, Dru Yearwood, John White and Rob Kiernan all given the armband at some stage.

However, summer signing Mark Milligan - who skippers the Australian national team - is now a leading contender to captain Blues after joining from Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.

An online Echosport poll on who should be the next club captain attracted more than 1,200 votes and saw White and Milligan locked level as both received 39 per cent of the choices.

White captained Blues to League Two play-off glory back in 2015 and is now the longest-serving player at the club after agreeing a new year long contract to remain at Roots Hall.

Shrimpers striker Cox, who is currently sidelined with calf injuries, finished third in the poll with 18 per cent of the votes while Mantom was in fourth with four per cent.