Newcastle United make Siem de Jong vice-captain

New signing Siem de Jong takes on the role of vice-captain at Premier League side Newcastle United.

Siem de Jong has been appointed one of two vice-captains by Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.

The 25-year-old only arrived at St James' Park from Ajax earlier this summer.

However, having previously skippered the Dutch side, Pardew has decided to give the attacking midfielder some extra responsibility alongside Cheick Tiote, while Fabricio Coloccini has retained the captaincy.

"At Newcastle I have great faith in Fabricio Coloccini, but we have also just last week announced two official vice-captains in Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong, who was captain at Ajax, giving us three players from different areas of the pitch to take that bit of extra responsibility," Pardew told The Independent.

The Magpies parted with £6m to sign De Jong.

Luuk de Jong of Newcastle in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on February 1, 2014
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