Valley second-rower Lachlin Miller has been placed on notice and told that he will be the next Hong Kong captain once incumbent Paul Dingley decides to call it a day, or if the unthinkable should happen and Dingley is dropped by the selectors. 'Lachlin impressed us as a future leader during the recent Test against Taiwan. Paul is still the captain and Lachlin will be vice-captain this season. We are looking to groom him for the future,' confirmed Hong Kong head coach Chris Roden yesterday. Roden yesterday named a 29-strong preliminary squad for next month's IRB Quadrangular series against Sri Lanka, Japan and the Arabian Gulf, in this order. Miller, who deputised for an absent Dingley in a warm-up Test against Taiwan earlier this month, has replaced Chris Gordon as vice-captain in the team. 'Both Terry [Hart, the coach] and I were very impressed with the way Lachlin played and handled the side against Taiwan. We have decided that he should be named vice-captain now,' said Roden. 'Chris [Gordon] will still play a big role in the backs but we wanted to reward Lachlin for his fine show.' How long the handover takes will depend on Football Club No8 Dingley, who showed in the season-opening game against Valley last Saturday that he was still able to put his best foot forward when the need arose. Dingley, 32, played a major role as CBRE Club won 17-11 to book their berth in the ADICS competition next month. Roden will trim the squad next week to the required 22 players that Hong Kong will take to Kandy, Sri Lanka, for the first match in the IRB tournament on October 11. One player who will not be eligible to represent Hong Kong will be hooker Tom Cameron, who only passes the three-year residency requirement later in October. 'Tom will miss the first game. But he will be eligible for Japan,' said Roden. 'Others who are unavailable are backs Carl Murray and Jason Going while front-rower Terry Brinks is also injured.' Unheralded tighthead prop Chung Chun-sang, of Fourth Division side City Seven, has also been drafted into the training squad. The forwards also see the return of loosehead prop Ivan Zenovic. The DeA Tigers' front-rower, who has been away from Hong Kong for the past couple of seasons on studies, did not take long to make an impression on his return, starring prominently in DeA's 67-12 thrashing of Kowloon in an ADICS play-off on Tuesday night. HONG KONG SQUAD Forwards: Pete Spizzirri, James Woods, Chung Chun-sang, Ivan Zenovic, Stu Denton, Tom Cameron, Jon Abel, Lachlin Miller, Tom Hall, Jack Wilson, Paul Chung, Paul Dingley, Kelvin Yip, Andy Yuen, Graham Black. Backs: Andrew Wong Kee, Lee Cheuk-yin, Rob Naylor, Liu Kwok-leung, Ben Harris, Chan Fuk-ping, Warren Warner, Alex Zenovic, Michael Lo, Simon Hague, Peter Clough, Alex Gibbs, Andrew Chambers, Chris Gordon.