Cousins feels privileged to take captain’s armband

Wisbech Town at home to Clacton. Paul Cousins played at No 4.'
Wisbech Town at home to Clacton. Paul Cousins played at No 4.'

PAUL Cousins (pictured) will captain Wisbech Town this season and truly believes he will be lifting the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Trophy at the end of next April.

The 30-year-old defender believes that manager Steve Appleby has assembled the best Fenmen side he has played in and that the club can clinch the league title for the first time since the 1990-91 triumph.

Cousins should know what it takes to win the title after spending four months with last season’s champions Wroxham before returning to the Fenland Stadium for a third spell towards the end of the season.

He said: “Wroxham were a good consistent side but I think we have a better all round squad at Wisbech this season with the four new signings that have been made.

“You need a bit of lady luck on the way but I truly believe Wisbech can win that trophy.

“It was a big moment in my career to lift the Ridgeons League Cup two seasons ago for Wisbech, but to be presented with the Thurlow Nunn Trophy will mean the world to me as a local Wisbech lad.

”It is a real privilege to be asked to captain the side again. I really enjoy the role and I think it helps bring an extra 20 per cent to my game when I have that captain’s arm band on.

“I could have easily stayed at Wroxham last season and picked up ma league winner’s medal but was happy to give that up for the chance to return to Wisbech so it would be extra nice to win a medal this time.”

Cousins had to sit out five friendly wins after he played against King’s Lynn and he has really enjoyed what he has seen from his colleagues.

”We all had to play well to beat King’s Lynn and that was a real boost for us. But I have been really impressed with our forward play while I have been on the sidelines. We are also not giving anything away at the back either and scoring 26 goals and conceding just three shows that.”