SOUTHEND Saxons will have co-captains for the first time in their 150 year history next season.

Ben Lloyd and Matt Wagstaff finished the previous campaign sharing the leadership of the London One North side.

And director of rugby Josh Ward has now confirmed the duo will continue in the role with Ian Morrison stepping aside.

“The first thing to do is acknowledge what an excellent job Ian Morrison has done for our club,” said Ward.

“Taking on the captaincy role is a tough challenge in itself but to do it through recent turbulent times, he’s done really well.

“Ian is awaiting surgery on his shoulder which is really important as we’re looking forward to seeing Ian back out on the pitch.

“I’ve used these uncertain times to reflect and freshen up some areas to make sure we are prepared for whenever we get the green light to train and play again.

“Waggy and Lloydy are both great leaders not just verbally but practically in driving collective standards.

“It’s a great challenge for them both and one I’m looking forward to seeing them progress in.”

Fly half Lloyd joined Southend last summer and is proud to be a co-captain next season.

“It’s a really exciting point in time for the club and to co-captain this group of men going into the new season is a real privilege,” said Lloyd.

“When Josh asked me if I wanted to take it on, it was a no brainer for me.

“Having dabbled in the role towards the back end of last season, it’s something I really enjoyed and co-captaining with Wags in a few games it was pretty natural for both of us, so I’m looking forward to doing that on a permanent basis.

“We’ve got ambitions as a group that we want to fulfil, so hopefully Matt and I can lead from the front and help us achieve them.”

Wagstaff impressed playing at number eight last term.

And he is keen to make next season one to remember.

“Entering the 150th year for the club is hugely exciting and to be asked to co-captain the side alongside Ben is a huge privilege,” said Wagstaff.

“I think it has come at the right time for me personally and I am really looking forward to leading the club and squad through the coming seasons.

“Having captained a few games at the end of last season, I enjoyed the role and can’t wait to get things rolling on a permanent basis with Lloydy.

“This is a great honour for me and I look forward to doing my best to lead the club forwards as a player, and now also as skipper.”