Lee Peltier has spoken for the first time about losing the Leeds United captaincy – and claimed he was “buzzing” to see Rodolph Austin awarded the armband.
The right-back refused to argue with Brian McDermott’s decision to replace him last month, saying his year-long spell as captain was a “privilege”.
McDermott named Austin as United’s new skipper ahead of their 0-0 draw at Leicester City, ending weeks of speculation about whether Peltier would retain the role.
Peltier said: “It was the gaffer’s choice to go with Rudy and I respect that. Rudy’s a good lad, a good mate of mine, and I’m buzzing for him.
“It doesn’t upset me because this is football. Anything can happen in football and the season when I was captain was a privilege.”
The former Leicester City player has been compensated with an extended run of appearances in his preferred right-back slot, a position he occupied rarely during his first season with United.
His inclusion will soon be threatened by the return from injury of player-of-the-year Sam Byram, but Peltier said: “If he plays he plays. If he doesn’t then that’s football.
“I’m just happy to be out on the pitch and playing in my favourite position.”