Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is yet to make a decision on the next club captain.
The departure of Mario Melchiot means the captain's armband is up for grabs and Martinez expects the successful candidate to emerge from the pack rather than him having to select someone.
"It has to be a figure respected by the group and a leader. It will be a natural selection," said the Latics boss.
"I am delighted with the group we have maintained from the last campaign - we just have to make sure every day we work hard and become stronger.