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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 July 2005, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
Everton name Weir as new captain
David Weir
Everton have named veteran Scotland defender David Weir as captain after the departure of Alan Stubbs.

Tim Cahill had been tipped to succeed Stubbs, but he has turned down an improved contract at Goodison Park.

The 35-year-old said: "To play for a club like Everton is an honour, so to be named club captain is an honour and it's something that I hold highly.

"It would be ideal to lift some silverware as captain this season. That would be very nice."

Everton have qualified for the Champions League for the first time this season, and Weir will lead them after fears he may leave the club at the end of last term.

He was unhappy with Everton's initial contract offer and was offered a two-year deal by Leeds, but decided to stay for another 12 months.

Weir added: "We had success last year, relatively, so if this year we could take it on even further that would be great."


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