Joe Lewis named new Aberdeen club captain

New Aberdeen captain Joe Lewis.
New Aberdeen captain Joe Lewis.

Joe Lewis has been named as Aberdeen’s new club captain.

The goalkeeper replaces Graeme Shinnie, who left for Derby County in the summer, after skippering the Dons during pre-season.

Confirmation of Lewis’ ascension to the role was made on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of Aberdeen’s Europa League first qualifying round tie against RoPS Rovaniemi at Pittodrie on Thursday.

Lewis has been a near ever-present since his arrival in the Granite City in 2016, making 141 appearances in three seasons.

He signed a new five-year contract just before the end of last season and his performances throughout the campaign saw him named as the club’s player of the year award.

Scott McKenna had captained the side over the last two seasons in Shinnie’s rare absences and also captained Scotland last summer.