Captain Coulson relishes new role

Date:12th May 2014, Picture James Hardisty. York City v Fleetwood Town in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Semi Final First Leg. Pictured York City's Michael Coulson, looses the ball to Fleetwood Towns  Charlie Taylor.

Date:12th May 2014, Picture James Hardisty. York City v Fleetwood Town in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Semi Final First Leg. Pictured York City's Michael Coulson, looses the ball to Fleetwood Towns Charlie Taylor.

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Michael Coulson has got a taste for captaincy after leading York City out in League Two at Crawley Town on Saturday.

The 27-year-old former Scarborough FC attacker was handed the armband for the first time in his career by City caretaker boss Richard Cresswell and his assistant Jonathan Greening.

The pair have since been replaced at the helm by former Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara, but the honour of captaincy is a role that Coulson is not too keen to give away.

“I was pulled into the office on the Monday before the game and told that I would be captain, which was a massive honour for me,” said Coulson.

“I was asked to lead by example, but that is the kind of player I am anyway.

“Since I was a young lad at Scarborough I have always been one to give my all in every game I play.

“Obviously our regular skipper Russ Penn will be back from injury at some point, but having tasted captaincy, it makes you want it for the long term.

“If you look at it, football is a crazy game. When I was in the school of excellence at Scarborough I never dreamt that I’d be captain of York, or that I’d even be given the chance in Scarborough’s first team.

“I’m still in the game now, which is quite an achievement given the injuries I’ve had over the years.

“Now I’m looking forward to working with our new manager because I still have plenty to offer at York City.”

Having now spent three-and-a-half years at Bootham Crescent, Coulson has still been keeping an interested eye on the progress of his home-town team Scarborough Athletic.

He added: “I’ve always said I’d love to come back and play for the main Scarborough team again because I feel that I have unfinished business.

“Obviously at the moment it isn’t an option because I’m happy at York and Scarborough are a few divisions below where I want to be playing.

“But if they can continue their progression through the leagues then who knows, in a few years time something could be sorted out.”