Alex Smithies wants to captain Huddersfield Town on a regular basis.

The homegrown keeper has deputised for Peter Clarke this season.

And with the centre-back set to leave this summer, Smithies wants the armband permanently.

“I’ll certainly be putting my name forward if Peter leaves,” said the 24-year-old, who is set to complete an ever-present record for the season when Town finish their Championship fixtures at Watford on Saturday.

“Having said that, I’ve no idea what the manager’s thoughts are.

“But one of the goals in my career is to be captain of my hometown club.

“It would be a proud day for me if that were to happen.”

Smithies was quick to pay tribute to Clarke, who admitted after Saturday’s clash with Leicester that his five-year Town stay is likely to end.

 

“He’s the best captain I can remember at the club,” said Smithies of the 32-year-old former Southend player.

“He’s been instrumental in everything we’ve achieved.

“Peter’s a leader to all the players. He’s always happy to give advice and point you in the right direction.

“If he does go, I’m sure he will go on to be a success somewhere else.”

Clarke, who has made 223 Town appearances, is among a dozen of Mark Robins’ squad whose contracts expire at the end of this season.

Town are 17th in the table, with Saturday’s hosts Watford 13th going into their game at relegation-threatened Charlton tonight.

Italian defender Marco Cassetti will serve the one-match ban for his red card in Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Derby.

That means he’ll be available when Giuseppe Sannino’s side aim to complete a double over Town.

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