Mark Wright to take on team leader role

Mark Wright is hoping to take on a ''team leader'' role in 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!', as he is keen to be a ''shoulder to cry on'' for his fellow contestants

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Mark Wright is hoping to take on a "team leader" role in 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!'

The former 'Only Way Is Essex' star - who is to enter the ITV1 show alongside the likes of Dougie Poynter and Freddie Starr on Sunday (13.11.11) - explained he is looking forward to embarking on a "new challenge" and wants to be "a shoulder to cry on" for other contestants.

He said: "I feel I have gone as far as I can in TOWIE for the time being. It's been an amazing platform for me and I have loved every moment of it. I will miss everyone and the whole experience but when I was asked if I wanted to do the jungle, I really wanted to take the opportunity.

"I am really excited about doing it. It's a great new challenge for me and I hope people will see me other than just the guy off 'TOWIE'.

"I am looking forward to making new friends and finding out more about their lives. I just want to roll with the whole experience, but I do think I will be a shoulder to cry on. I am a massive team leader and I will help people through everything."

However, the 24-year-old hunk admitted the time he is to spend in the Australian jungle will be the longest period he has ever spent away from his native Essex.

Mark added: "I think people think of me as someone who can get what he wants, but ultimately I am very much a home bird. I love my family and friends and I do think I am a nice guy. Hopefully people will get to see that when I am in the jungle.

"It is going to be very hard but it's also going to be an amazing opportunity. I could love it or I could hate it - but one thing is for sure, I will remember it for the rest of my life.

"This will be one of the longest times I have been away from Essex. I went away to Spain once for three weeks but this is totally different. I will miss everyone. But all my family told me to do this jungle experience. They all think it's an amazing opportunity."

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