Danny O'Rourke is determined to provide more leadership at Columbus Crew after signing a new deal this week.
The 29-year old defender, who joined the Crew in 2007, has committed for the 2013 MLS season and after putting pen to the new contract is looking to become more involved in taking control of a team he loves so much.
"Chad (Marshall) and I hang out a lot, and with Will (Hesmer) not coming back next year, we talked about filling a veteran leadership (role) because it's time for us to grab the team and take control of it," O'Rourke said.
"That was supposed to be my job two years ago, but I ended up having knee surgery, so it's been a process of working back. It's definitely a responsibility I would like to burden, and hopefully it will be beneficial for me and the team."
He added the delay in signing his new deal: "It's part of the business part of soccer.
"It took longer than I expected, but we finally reached something that I think is good for both sides. I just want to win and win in Columbus and put that past me and focus on next year."