Ashley Giles has been appointed as Warwickshire's vice-captain for the 2007 season.
The club did not appoint a deputy last season, but Giles is seen as the ideal man to lend support to club captain Heath Streak. Though Giles still hopes to win back a place in the international team, his playing ability and experience are sure to strengthen the Warwickshire side considerably for the foreseeable future.
"There are times, particularly when I'm bowling, when it can be difficult to think about all the different things you have to do," Streak said. "So I'm really excited that I'll have someone so experienced and as positive as Ashley.
"The way guys like Jim Troughton and Ian Westwood have matured is impressive too and I'm very positive about the new season."
"It's very likely that Ashley will captain at some point," Mark Greatbatch, the club's director of coaching said. "We have to watch the workload of all our bowlers and I'm sure Heath will need a break at some stage.
"We learned a great deal about the squad and we are really focusing on developing the leadership skills of players. There are a lot of guys in the team who are strong in that area."
Meanwhile Greatbatch has set his sights on Warwickshire being "one of the top two sides in the country" in the coming season. Responding to a question at a members' forum as to how he would judge the team's success in 2007, Greatbatch replied: "We're a stronger, more organised squad this year. The game is about winning and about winning consistently and I would hope and expect that we are one of the top two sides in the country this season."
"We've invested heavily in the squad and in the support systems," chief executive Colin Povey agreed. "So let's no be under any illusions: with the club and the support we have, we should be competing for trophies."