Summer signing Corry Evans will wear Sunderland's captain's armband this season - with head coach Lee Johnson appointing a 'leadership group'.
Northern Ireland international midfielder Evans has been designated as team captain, with ex-Republic of Ireland international Aiden McGeady taking on vice-captain responsibilities for the Black Cats.
Johnson has also appointed two club captains, Australia international defender Bailey Wright and Luke O'Nien, while USA forward Lynden Gooch and Northern Ireland defender Tom Flanagan will also take on leadership roles.
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"It wasn't an easy decision because we have five or six players with real quality in terms of leadership, so this year we have tried to give them different responsibilities and spread the responsibilities," said Johnson.
"The team captain will be Corry Evans, who is obviously an experienced international and very well-respected, and he is very calm – at a club like this, that calmness personified, both in his performances and general day-to-day consistency, becomes very important.
"Vice-captain will be Aiden McGeady, a very different leader and talisman if you like, somebody that really grabs a game by the scruff of the neck.
"He is also hugely respected within the squad, not only because of his career but because of his football intelligence.
"We have gone with two club captains and they are tasked with driving the culture and driving the standards, particularly off the pitch.
"They are Bailey Wright, who is well versed in that role having done it for me at Bristol City, and Luke O'Nien, who we feel has real leadership potential off the pitch and we are looking to hone and develop that on the pitch.
"Lynden Gooch and Tom Flanagan also come into the communications and leadership group and what that is, is those six guys that we – from me to the sporting director – can discuss any key subjects with."