Confirmed as skipper by Glenn Hoddle last Sunday, Jamie says it will be a proud moment for him when he leads the team out for the noon kick-off at St Andrews.
"Yes it will - a real honour," beamed the 30-year-old. "I'm looking forward to the season starting now, pre-season has gone reasonably well for all of us.
"The fun starts now and we all can't wait for the first game against Birmingham."
Jamie is expecting no easy pickings against Birmingham and realises that it will be a battle for midfield supremacy against the likes of Robbie Savage, Stephen Clemence and new signing David Dunn.
"I think they are a good side, I really do. I think they will be very fit and work hard, Steve Bruce is a very good young manager and in Dugarry and Dunn they have added two good players.
"It will be very tough in midfield, we know that. We know that Robbie Savage works hard and we all know what Clem can do - he is a very good footballer. He will want to prove a point and he is a good lad.
"We know what to expect and we want to get off to a good start."
New captain Jamie Redknapp summed up the mood of the squad as they prepare to face Birmingham City by stating that 'the fun starts now'.