Mark Robins hailed his skipper Peter Clarke ahead of what could be his last home game in a Huddersfield Town shirt.
The 32-year-old centre-back, one of only two men to lead the club to a win at Wembley, is among 12 players out of contract this summer.
There has been no word on who may be staying and who will be leaving, with the boss saying announcements will be made next month.
And as Town prepare to tackle newly-crowned Championship champions Leicester, Robins said: “He’s a terrific captain and a superb professional.
“He has performed admirably since I’ve been here, he’s well regarded and well respected, and that comes from doing the right things every day.”
Clarke, who has played 222 times since joining from Southend in 2009, led Town to promotion from League I as 2012 play-off winners.
The penalty shoot-out win over Sheffield United put him alongside Lee Sinnott (against Bristol Rovers in the1995 play-offs) as the only player to skipper Town to success at the national stadium.
Former England Under 21 international Clarke, who started his career at Everton and has also played for Blackpool, was on the bench for Monday’s survival-sealing 2-1 win at Yeovil after returning from suspension.
Robins, a former Leicester player, has centre-back Joel Lynch available after a two-game ban.
Frontman Danny Ward, forced off at Yeovil after a collision with home defender Shane Duffy, has trained without problem.
But midfielder Keith Southern (groin) is ruled out while striker Harry Bunn is a doubt after taking a knock during the Under 21s’ play-off semi-final defeat by QPR on Wednesday.
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