Date: 6th July 2007 at 2:50pm
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Harry Redknapp has confirmed on the Pompey site that Dejan Stefanovic is to remain as captain for a third season.

The one time club record signing – when Redknapp signed him during his first stint at the club – was first given the armband by Alain Perrin for the 2005/06 season and has kept it ever since.

When Sol Campbell arrived last summer many expected him to take over, but Stefanovic retained this role, with Gary O’Neil filling in when needed – Campbell was next in line.

This is the clearest indication that – like it or not – Stefanovic is set to be the first choice left back this season, at least to start with.

I like the fella but he did not have his greatest season in 2006/07 – injuries did not help – but to retain a starting place on merit in my thinking he will have to improve or we could end up carrying him – and we cannot afford this.


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