Speaking to the club website over the weekend, the Northern Ireland international claimed the armband didn't change his approach to games too much, but that he hoped he set a good example.
"It's been an honour to be named captain on a few occasions earlier this season, when Troy was out injured," he said.
"I think it's the first time for over 10 years that I've had the armband. In fact, the last time was probably when I was in the youth team at Manchester United. I was captain for Northern Ireland Under-21s a few times too but apart from that it's not something I've done very much. During my time at the club the captain's been a bit of a mainstay. To be honest, it doesn't really change much in terms of preparation on a matchday for me.
"The only thing that's really different is that you go to speak to the referee with the manager before the game. I'm professional anyway and I try to set a good example, even when I'm not captain, so it doesn't change too much. That's something you need to be doing more and more when you're an experienced pro and you hit 30."
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