Evans speaks of captain 'privilege'

JONNY Evans has spoken of his “privilege” at becoming Albion’s club captain in his first interview as our new skipper for WBA TV.

The Northern Ireland international was confirmed in the role by Head Coach Tony Pulis and Baggies fans can hear his thoughts about the role in the exclusive chat.

"It's a privilege for me," says Jonny who succeeds his friend and former team mate Darren Fletcher.

"It's the first time I've been captain of a club. Darren is a close friend of mine and hopefully I can follow in his footsteps and do things the right way.

"I'm sure we'll pass each other on the M6 at some point! But I think you have to be your own man and I'm sure I'll approach some things in maybe a different way to Darren.

"You're either that type of character or you're not and I think I've always had that sort of character, even as a young lad.

"It's the off-the-pitch things you have to take care of. We've got quite a close-knit dressing room anyway and I think everyone gets along so I don't think I'll have too many issues to worry about. But I'll be the spokesperson for the players."

He steps into the role with a ringing endorsement from the man who has handed him the armband and who is looking for Evans to challenge him when necessary.

"He's a superb player who has the respect of the dressing room where everybody recognises him as a top Premier League footballer," says Pulis.

"It will be up to him to come and tell me if I'm out of order or if he feels I should be doing something differently. Our relationship will be very important."