Sunderland’s Titus Bramble happy to hand over captaincy to Lee Cattermole

Titus Bramble goes into the back of David Ngog. Picture by FRANK REID
Titus Bramble goes into the back of David Ngog. Picture by FRANK REID

TITUS Bramble is relieved Sunderland have Lee Cattermole back in their midst – even though the midfielder’s return has cost him the captain’s armband.

Bramble has led the Black Cats out since the turn of the year after skipper Cattermole was confined to the treatment table with a back problem.

But Bramble immediately passed on the armband to former Wigan team-mate Cattermole when the 23-year-old made his return from injury in the early stages of Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool.

Centre-half Bramble has enjoyed stepping into his pal’s shoes but realises the benefits of having the ex-Middlesbrough player’s tigerish presence back in the middle of the park.

Bramble told SportMail: “It’s good to have Catts back - he’s a great player who does so much for the side.

“He got some game time against Liverpool which was one big positive to come out of the match.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of being captain, it’s been fantastic.

“I was captain before at Wigan, but it’s been a great honour to captain this great club.”

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