CITY'S streamlined squad may be a cause for concern as the season approaches but they do not lack for leadership.
The City boss felt the influential right back, the only player to start every game last season, earned the honour for his drive and determination for the team.
But Parkinson believes that Darby is not alone in that department and can see similar qualities throughout his starting line-up.
Parkinson said: “I think we’ve got a lot of captains in that team. We’re strong in terms of mentality.
“You look across the back four and they are all potential captain. Gaz Liddle is another leader and captain in there.
“Matty Dolan has also been a captain – we’ve got a lot of leadership in the team which is important.
“You can never have too many strong characters on the pitch and we’ve got plenty.”
Meanwhile, Liddle is thrilled that City kick off the campaign at Valley Parade.
Coventry’s visit on Saturday will have an added spice for the summer recruits seeing their first meaningful action on home soil.
The former Notts County midfielder said: “We’ve all been looking forward to this for a while.
“Coming to a new club, you want to get out there in front of your home fans. And when you know there’s going to be 12,000 people plus, it makes it even more special.
“We want to make a big impression for them and hopefully good times will come at this stadium.”