Danny Batth will lead Wolves out as Kenny Jackett’s side take their first steps towards Wembley tonight when they host Walsall in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The Brierley Hill-born 22-year-old will celebrate his 100th senior appearance by skippering Wolves in the first-round tie in the absence of Sam Ricketts, who is one of four players on international duty with Leigh Griffiths, Lee Evans and Jake Cassidy.
Batth, who captained Wolves in their Capital One Cup defeat at Morecambe, is one of the club’s youngest skippers and has played just 21 of his 99 games for his parent club.
But Jackett has no hesitation in rewarding Batth’s natural leadership qualities and confirmed: “I would say Danny Batth will be captain.
“He’s made a good and bright start to the season and he’s talked well and taken responsibility.
“Although he hasn’t got a lot of responsibility playing for our club, he plays in the right position to lead the side, and is the right type of person to take it on in the absence of Sam Ricketts.”