Clarke named Orient skipper

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Nathan Clarke has been named the new Leyton Orient captain
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Nathan Clarke has been named the new Leyton Orient captain

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade has nominated Nathan Clarke as his new captain ahead of the start of the new season.

Defender Clarke takes over the armband following Matthew Spring's summer departure.

The former Huddersfield man is one of eight new players in Slade's ranks for the 2012/13 campaign and brings plenty of experience to the role, having played more than 300 times for the Terriers.

Clarke, 29, spent his entire career up until this summer with Huddersfield and is the second member of his family to play for the O's after his brother Tom enjoyed a loan spell at Brisbane Road last term.

Slade told the club's official website: "Nathan is a natural leader and a natural pick for the role of captain. He is an experienced player and a great influence around the changing room.

"I'm delighted to have him as my captain - he has done the job before and I'm sure he will do it very well here too."

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