KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, September 21, 2016
American midfielder has only been at Scottish Premier League team Hearts for a few months, but he has made enough of an impression that he has been appointed captain.
Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson made the announcement on Wednesday, making the former DC United player the first American to captain the team.
Kitchen, who joined the Jambos in March this year, has been a key figure in the team as he mans the center of the park. So far this season has played in five league games and three Europa League contests.
According to Neilson, in an interview on Hearts' website, the 24-year-old was the top choice to take the captain's armband.
"I've been impressed by Perry's attitude, desire and, of course, his performances from day one," he said. "He's a natural and leads by example both on and off the park. He's also a really good player and will inspire those around him to reach the highest standards."
The coach expressed his thanks to previous captains Don Cowie and Alim Ozturk, but now feels it is time to let Kitchen skipper the team for the possibly the long-term.
"It's now Perry's time to take over that responsibility and I've absolutely no doubt that he will flourish in the role of Hearts captain," said Neilson.
Kitchen will have his first chance to lead the Hearts players out on the field on Saturday when they take on Ross County.