Brunt retains West Brom captaincy

The Northern Ireland international has retained his status as skipper as manager Steve Clarke's sees no reason to alter his team ahead of the season opener against Liverpool

Chris Brunt has been named as captain of West Brom by manager Steve Clarke ahead of the 2012-13 campaign, despite his fitness battle ahead of the season opener against Liverpool on Saturday.

Brunt was first made captain by Roberto Di Matteo and retained under Roy Hodgson's management and the new manager has revealed that he has faith in the 27-year-old to lead the club for the new season.

"I haven't seen any reason to change the captaincy and I decided that quite early on when I came in," said Clarke.

"There is no reason to change things."

Brunt had missed most of pre-season with a calf strain and only made his comeback recently as a substitute against Nottingham Forest.

The former Sheffield Wednesday winger is looking to get as much preperation done as possible in order to be ready and looks set to represent Northern Ireland in a friendly before Saturday's game against Liverpool.