MARK Wright wants Stephen Vaughan to rise to the challenge of being handed the captain's armband.

The Chester City manager made Vaughan skipper for Saturday's League Two opener against Accrington Stanley, overlooking the claims of more experienced contenders like Roberto Martinez and Ashley Westwood.

But Wright says he wants '11 captains' in his team - and he hopes Vaughan will respond positively to having extra responsibility placed on his shoulders.

'We just want to bring him out of his shell a bit more and sometimes, with responsibility, you become a better player,' said the City boss.

'If I thought we needed an out-and-out leader in there, our choice might have been different.

'But we've said all along during pre-season that it's not about who gets the captain's armband outright, it's about the experience you've got in the side.

'It's great we've decided to give him the armband but we've got 11 captains.'

Vaughan, 21, was appointed skipper for City's pre-season games against Stoke and Huddersfield but the likes of West-wood, Jamie Hand and Sean Hessey also led the side.

The former Liverpool reserve - who is the son of chairman Stephen Vaughan senior - was not a first-team regular under previous boss Keith Curle but he has started both games so far this season.

Wright added: 'He's improved a hell of a lot since I was last here and he doesn't listen to nonsense that goes on within the football club.

'With his dad being the chairman, people think that he'll be going home and telling tales about everybody, but he doesn't do that. He keeps himself to himself and he gets on with all the lads.'

With six points from six in the bag, Wright is a satisfied man as he prepares to take his team to Hereford United tomorrow.

He said: 'At their own ground, Hereford are always hard to beat, but it's about us now.

'The players haven't exceeded expectations because we have put a strong side together. We're where we think we should be.'

Paul Linwood is expected to feature against Hereford despite playing at Bury on Wednesday with a heavily-strapped ankle.

Kevin Sandwith picked up a hamstring problem in training last Friday and Wright says his chances of recovering in time for tomorrow's game are 'not good'.

Hessey serves the third match of a five-game ban.