First Team

A tremendous honour

22nd September 2016

Perry Kitchen speaks of his pride at being named new club Captain.

Perry Kitchen says it is a tremendous honour to be named Hearts’ new captain.

The USA international takes over the captain’s armband from Alim Ozturk just six months after arriving at the club. Speaking to Hearts TV on the day of his appointment, the fans’ favourite expressed his delight with his new role.

“It’s a tremendous honour for me and I’m really looking forward to taking on the captain’s role,” Perry explained.

“I’m just thankful for the opportunity. I’m a bit surprised to be honest, but that being said I’m really excited to be given this challenge.  

“Me and Robbie have had a few conversations over the past few days and that’s how it came about.

“The boys have been great about it, they’re very supportive and I’ve not heard any grumblings so far!”

Perry was speaking at a media gathering inside the brand new Hearts Museum, which will officially open its doors to the public on Friday morning.  

“The history of this club, the traditions of this club, you know, it’s clear to see what this club means to the fans and players.

“Looking around this museum really emphasizes how big a job it is and it’s an honour to captain a club that means so much to so many people.

“The fans have been great with me ever since I arrived. They’ve really helped me and my wife feel at home here and I’ve no complaints about them!

“Being named captain is obviously a big step for me so I hope to do them proud.”

The midfielder's first task is to lead the team out against Ross County this coming Saturday as Hearts look to returning to winning ways following last weekend’s defeat to St Johnstone.

“We have to shake off that St Johnstone defeat. It’s not going to be easy, Ross County will come here looking for a result.

“We have to do our best to get back on the winning column and try to put another winning streak together. “