The Sharks have announced the appointment of South Africa fly-half Patrick Lambie as their captain for the 2016 Super Rugby tournament.
Born and bred in KwaZulu-Natal, Lambie has been installed into the role by director of rugby Gary Gold, who believes he will do a great job.
"Pat's records and performances over the years speak volumes about the calibre of player he is. He is a natural born leader, who has shown on numerous occasions that he possesses all of the qualities needed to be a great captain, especially captaining a team he has supported all his life," he said.
"Both Pat and I are aligned with our vision to take the Cell C Sharks forward and I respect and admire his commitment to Sharks rugby, he has my full support and backing."
Gold added: "Pat has earned the respect of his fellow players and management alike and he's a tough competitor that leads by example. I have no doubt that his presence and commitment shown on the field will inspire and motivate the players around him."
Commenting on his appointment, Lambie said: "It is a huge honour for me to be involved in the leadership group at the Cell C Sharks. For as long as I can remember, I’ve come to KINGS PARK to watch my team play.
"Firstly to play for the Cell C Sharks and secondly to be considered as a leader is amazing, and a dream come true."
He continued. "There is a good mixture of youth and experience in the squad. We will all be working together with positivity and eagerness, making sure the team always comes first."
Lambie will be ably supported by Springbok loose forward Marcell Coetzee, who has been named vice-captain.
"Marcell's tenacity and fighting spirit will compliment Pat's captaincy approach and he will fit into the the captaincy role with ease when called upon, in the absence of Pat," concluded Gold.