NEW Hereford FC captain Jimmy Oates says he doesn't want the armband to affect his game.

Oates was confirmed as the Bulls' new skipper on Saturday and scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Stourbridge.

"For me, nothing really changes," said Oates.

"It is obviously a massive honour, but I don't want it to take anything away from my game.

"I just want to keep playing the way I am .

"I feel I have the respect from the boys and nothing needs to change."

Oates is one of only four players who have been at Hereford from the start and said he has really grown to love the club.

"I think the support is amazing and the way it's run," said Oates.

"It has a real family feel to it's where I want to be at the moment."

Jack Deaman will be the vice-captain and Oates believes the pair can work well together.

"We've got a number of leaders in the team that do things in their own way and I like to think I was respected before the captaincy," said Oates.

"Within the team, you have to have a leadership squad with a number of players working together,

"I got along with Deaman instantly and I think he's an amazing player."

Oates scored three goals for Hereford during the pre-season campaign and hopes to add more once the league season starts.

"I used to score a lot of goals when I was a kid growing up so it's good that I can bring that into the team," he said.

"I think it's been a really good pre-season, we've been tested and have shown that we have got good depth with some of the boys being away and having injuries.

"I think everyone is ready to step up."