Former Socceroos midfielder Richard Garcia says the critics shouldn't write off Perth Glory just yet after being unveiled as the club's new skipper for the upcoming A-League season.
Glory are expected to struggle this campaign after losing key players such as Andy Keogh, Danny Vukovic, Scott Jamieson, Youssouf Hersi, and Rostyn Griffiths in the wake of last season's salary cap drama.
Young gun Danny De Silva also left to chase his European dream, leaving Glory with a distinct lack of star power.
Garcia takes over as captain from defender Michael Thwaite, who will remain at the club despite being stripped of his skipper's role after criticising the club over the salary cap dramas.
Glory were fined $269,000 and banned from taking part in the finals last season after being found guilty of exceeding the salary cap by around $400,000.
Garcia, who joined Perth Glory last year, said the team had the potential to surprise a few people this season.
"I'm confident this team has the goods to be competitive and make its mark and I don't think the critics should write us off," Garcia said.
"It's a humbling moment for me and my family (to be named captain).
"This club was formed when I made my move to England as a teenager, and to lead the team into the next A-League season is a wonderful honour."
Glory coach Kenny Lowe said Garcia's experience in the English Premier League - and with the Socceroos at the 2010 World Cup - made him the perfect candidate to lead the team.
"Richie is a top lad," Lowe said of the Perth-born winger.
"He's the consummate professional on and off the park.
"He always leads by example and whatever job he's given he gets it done.
"The players look up to him and he has the respect of the whole club."
Glory will be aiming to progress to the FFA Cup semi-finals when they host Western Sydney Wanderers at Dorrien Gardens next Tuesday.