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Barnet head coach Mark Robson is in no rush to name Bees skipper
The decision on who will be handed the Barnet captaincy will not be made until the ‘time is right’ Bees boss Mark Robson has confirmed.
Midfielder Mark Hughes skippered the side last season but left the club earlier in the summer following the expiration of his contract.
In the Bees first pre-season friendly, a 6-0 victory over Burnham Ramblers on Saturday, Ricky Holmes was handed the captain's armband.
While Robson admits he has been impressed with Holmes, he hasn’t made a decision on who will captain his side.
"Obviously we have to change from last year and we are still putting together a new squad. I’ll be honest, Ricky has shown a real positive example and attitude towards everything.
"He leads by example on the training field in terms of what we are doing and the workload we have been doing.
"So I gave it to him and we just got on with it but there is no final or definite captain’s armband for anybody at the moment.
"I’ll look at things as we go along and, when the time, is right I will make my decision."
While the majority of the Barnet squad travelled to Burnham, there were two notable absentees with Danny Senda and Steve Kabba not available as they continue to work back from injuries.
Kabba has been out of action since December after requiring knee surgery – the second time in a space of a year he had to go under the knife.
The former Sheffield United striker only made 12 appearances for the Bees last season, with many coming from the bench.
Senda has been out since the beginning of January after dislocating his knee cap in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match against Swindon Town.
The 31-year-old underwent an operation and has gone through a long period of rehabilitation and training as he looks to get back to full fitness.
While Robson put no timescale on a return date for the duo, he has been thrilled with their attitude.
"They are still a little way off playing yet to be honest. They have been working very, very hard with the physio.
"The pair of them both have fantastic attitudes and a great work ethic. Their progress is coming along very well."
He continued: "It is too early to judge at this stage really (when they will return). We have to take it as it comes and certainly the progress has been good but we are not rushing them along. Hopefully they will be back at the right time."
The Bees, who defeated Queens Park Rangers 1-0 in a behind closed doors mid-week friendly, continue their pre-season campaign against St Albans City on Saturday.
With Barnet’s first game of the 2012/2013 season, a Capital One Cup clash at Birmingham City, less than a month away, Robson is hoping to give his players more time on the pitch.
He said: "We will probably look to give a few players a little bit more time on the pitch on Saturday but there will also be one or two who will still stick to the 45 minutes, just because of the workload they are doing during the week.
"But the main aim is to get bodies out there again and give them the time that we think they need. But we will look to step it up and change it around a bit."