LAMBS midfielder Jay Smith has vowed to step up to the plate and play his part in guiding Tamworth's youthful squad through the season, writes Matt Panter.
The former Aston Villa trainee has been handed the captain's armband by Gary Mills for the 2010/11 campaign.
And it's a role that Smith is relishing ahead of the season curtain-raiser at home to Eastbourne on Saturday.
"It's a real honour that the gaffer (Gary Mills) has chosen me to captain the side this season," said Smith.
"I'm following in tough footsteps because Smudger (Chris Smith) was an excellent captain last year.
"But I'm looking forward to leading the side this year.
"I feel that at 29 I should maybe be captaining a side as I've got plenty of experience having played at the likes of Southend and Notts County.
"It's important for players like myself, Des Lyttle and Neil MacKenzie to be there to add the experience to the squad and lead by example.
"We have some very good young players here with a lot of talent but you need the right blend of youth and experience and I think we have that."
Smith is confident that Tamworth have done enough in pre-season to give them confidence going into the new campaign.
And he is hoping the Lambs can hit the ground running this weekend.
He said: "We lost some good players but the gaffer has replaced them well and the new lads have slotted in quickly and we have gelled as a team.
"We have worked hard in pre-season and I'm sure that will stand us in good stead.
"It's nice that we have home advantage on the opening day and we just want to get going.
"We are geared up and ready to put on a show this weekend."