Winters happy to help Bristol captain Grieve
ROY Winters has been re-appointed club captain to work alongside on-field skipper Iain Grieve at Bristol during the 2010-11 season.
Head coach Paul Hull last week handed the role of playing captain to 23-year-old Grieve after he signed a revised contract.
The flanker took over from scrum-half Jason Spice, who led the team last season but is yet to agree either a new contract or a severance package with Bristol.
Lock Winters, 34, is seen as the ideal complement to Grieve – and will assist him in off-field matters.
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Grieve has made it clear he will not be afraid to seek opinions from other players, while aiming to stamp his own mark on the captaincy.
"There's a bit more responsibility involved with the captaincy, but I'm going to try to be the same sort of player I have always been," said Grieve.
"It was a massive surprise to me when the club asked me to be captain – and I see it as a challenge.
"If you look at some of the role models I've had – Matt Salter, Joe El-Abd and Jason Spice – there is a lot of experience there.
"Roy Winters is going to help me out a lot, as is Jason Spice, so people are always going to be there, and no doubt I'll be looking for a bit of advice at times.
"I'm going to try to keep improving myself as a player and a person."
Hull expects Grieve to thrive in his new role – and feels the lengthy Championship season will allow the young back-rower time to grow into the position.
"We've learned that you don't need to win the league and expect to get promoted – it's all about the play-offs," said Hull. "With Iain, the way the season is structured will be really good to develop his leadership qualities.
"Roy will assist him as club captain, so he won't have the whole responsibility, and I think he's really excited about the role and the challenge.
"We still think Iain will play Premiership rugby – and it's testament to his commitment to Bristol that he has signed to stay here.
"The positivity around the club is improving each day, and, hopefully, we will have a fairly good squad to compete next season."
● Bristol will travel to France to face second-tier side Dax at Stade Maurice Boyau on August 15 at 9pm.
They will then face Clifton on August 20 at 7.30pm.