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Jamie Grimes, who played under Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers at Swansea, captained Dover Athletic on his debut

Dover captain Jamie Grimes Picture: Simon Harris
Dover captain Jamie Grimes Picture: Simon Harris

Jamie Grimes will always remember his Dover debut.

The 6ft 4in centre-back, who joined Whites from Kidderminster Harriers in May, was made captain for the pre-season opener against National League South side Whitehawk at Crabble on Saturday.

And Grimes would like to have the role on a permanent basis should manager Chris Kinnear decide he’s the man for it with the future of last season’s captain Connor Essam still uncertain.

He said: “It was a bit of a shock when I got given the captain’s armband because I haven’t had a chat with the gaffer about doing it.

“I am not complaining, though. I was proud to wear it, especially as it was my first game for the club, so that’s a great way to start my career here.

“I’d be honoured to do it this season if he (Kinnear) wants me to but let’s wait and see. I might not get another go after we lost 4-1!”

Although Grimes never captained Kidderminster, where he made 39 league appearances last season, including both games against Whites, the 24-year-old has done it before.

While he was with Premier League Swansea City, where he worked with managers of the calibre of Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers, he captained the youth and reserve teams.

Read the full story in the Mercury

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