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Kilbane: Nev A True Leader

Former teammate says defender was destined to take armband.

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Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane believes Phil Neville was destined to take the captain's armband.

Kilbane spent a year as a teammate of Neville, who has announced he will be leaving Goodison Park when his contract expires this summer.

Neville signed on with the Blues in August 2005, bringing to an end a 10-year spell with first club Manchester United.

"He came from a really successful United team at that time and I think we recognised his professionalism, his attitude and we saw that very quickly," said Kilbane.

"David Weir was captain when he first came in and it wasn't long after that that David moved to Rangers, so I think that he [Neville] was probably the successor to that really.

"Because of his experience at Man United and what he'd achieved in his career, I think it brought that winning mentality to the Club as well, and I think he's had really good success on the pitch at Everton.

"He's been a really good servant and a true captain for them."

Neville, who turned 36 in January, has expressed his intention to extend his playing career beyond this season.

And Kilbane added: "I think wherever he goes to he's going to find it difficult because of the lengths he spent at the two clubs he's been at.

"But he's going to bring professionalism, he's going to pass on knowledge to younger players, maybe to older players as well that might do things differently to him.

"That's what he can bring and I think that if he still feels as though he's got legs in him, I don't see any reason why not. He's certainly still got the ability and he's got the capabilities to do it, but it's just on what Phil wants to do."

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