MARCUS Perry says being named vice-captain of Northwich Victoria is “a real honour.”

The frontman was the first player confirmed to have committed to Vics for the upcoming season over the weekend having played a key role during the last campaign.

Perry netted seven times in 29 appearances for the club and now, he has been appointed as one of the club’s on-field leaders by manager Matt Barnes.

“It's a real honour to be named vice-captain of a club of this size,” he said.

“I want to thank Matt, Broady and Mark for putting their faith in me and I will wear the armband with immense pride

"For me, there was never a doubt that I was going to stay at the Vics for the upcoming season.

“The way we ended the last campaign with the winning run and the way we came together under the new management of Matt, Broady and Mark was incredible and I can really see us improving yet again next season.

“But saying that, all the lads know we have got to work harder than we did last year if we want to achieve our goals, so I want to let all the fans know that this season, you will get a team who will do anything to get the three points for this unbelievable club.”

Barnes praised Perry’s “maturity and passion” having turned himself into a key member of the squad.

"We are obviously delighted that Pez has opted to stay and become the club's vice-captain,” the Vics boss said.

“If you would have asked me two years ago would he be a vice-captain, I would have laughed but his maturity and the passion he has on and off the pitch is second to none.

“He's become a leader and not only that, but a "go-to" player for all the other players which he can be immensely proud of.

“It's a big season for Pez and I’m sure the fans will continue to support him and see this as a fantastic appointment for the club.”