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Skipper believes successful season lies ahead

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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
Todd’s ready to lead on and off the pitch

QUEENS skipper Josh Todd believes getting the squad assembled quickly during the summer could be the secret recipe for success this season.

Manager Wullie Gibson got the majority of his transfer business done early, which hasn’t always been the case in recent years at Palmerston.

Todd – who is a doubt for Queens’ league opener on Saturday – is one of many players who remained at the club after suffering relegation. And with the new additions settling in well, Todd is adamant there’s a good feeling around the club ahead of their League One campaign and hopes he will can lift the championship come May.

He said: “I think it’s important that we’ve had players signed up quickly. You get the structure for the first two weeks and get to know the new boys.

“When you come into a club late into the close season and maybe going straight into the team or someone comes out, there’s maybe some disgruntled boys from that.

“When you have a team signed early and grafting together during pre-season, you kind of create a bond early on. That’s happened this year.

“I think everyone around the club has the same hopes. For us we are trying to win the league and get the club back where it deserves to be.

“The emotions would build up the closer you would get. I know it’s well in the future but with the wins that come it becomes more realistic and more momentum and belief in the changing room. That will grow.

“Winning a league is more than a cup final as you put the graft in for a whole season and not just for a couple of matches. But as I said we’re a long way from that yet.”

Todd has been in the role of captain since Gibson was named interim gaffer earlier this year. The 28-year-old believes he is growing in the role and is excited with what the job title brings.

He added: “Last season there was a big turnaround when Wullie became the gaffer and thankfully he gave me the captaincy. He must have seen a lot in me in the six/seven months we had played together. This season I’ve got to look at myself and kind of take upon the role. It’s for me to grow into the role but I’m excited.

“You’ve got the social side of being captain and col- lecting the fines. You’ve got to show your authority in the dressing room in regards to the petty fines.

“ There’s a few bits like that and also I feel you are the first call and the last call. If things are going wrong, then you need to be there to pick everybody up but you need to be approachable enough that people can come speak to you before they see the manager.

“I’m 28 and it’s probably a good time to get the cap- taincy. It sets you up for more responsibility for life, I’m excited.”

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