Hair to stay – Kyle Benedictus hopes Gary Locke trusts him with Raith Rovers captaincy



KYLE Benedictus admits he’s glad boss Gary Locke can look past his madcap hairstyles and view him as captain material.

The Raith Rovers defender was installed as stand-in skipper when Jason Thomson was ruled out with a knee injury last month but knows he can come across as a bit of a ‘daft laddie’.

His choice of hairdos do nothing to steer people away from that image.

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Benedictus on the first day of pre-season training (Pic: Twitter @mattelder_ffp)

The former Dundee stopper stunned his team-mates when he turned up for the first day of pre-season training with braids in his hair and recently went peroxide blond.

But the 24-year-old insists that, whilst he has no intention of changing off the pitch, he is always deadly serious on it.

“It is just another haircut,” he said of his current style. “I like to be different.

“The manager hasn’t said much about it – he just looks and laughs.

“As long as I keep putting the performances in for the team, my hair doesn’t matter.

“I have always been the same. People say I am a joker and I like having a laugh with the boys.

“But, come Saturday, I am really serious when it comes to the game.


“I enjoy being captain at the moment and it is great that the manager has that confidence in me to lead the boys out.

“He knows I am really serious when I go on the park and hopefully the haircuts won’t make him change captain!”

Raith’s stunning 4-2 victory at Falkirk last weekend sets them up nicely for the visit of Queen of the South on Saturday evening.

Benedictus added: “The manager has been speaking to us about consistency. We had a few good results at the start of the season but it has been stop-start since then.

“We took positives from gaining a point against Hibs and then to go to a really difficult place like Falkirk, and play well in defence and attack, hopefully that will build momentum for the next couple of games.

“We now have Queen of the South and they had been flying until the last couple of results.

“I am sure their manager will have them going as they know that if we win, we will be above them.

“There is everything to play for just now, so we will go out on Saturday, try to enjoy it and pick up three points.”