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Banter leads to new role for Craig Lindfield

Craig Lindfield admitted that his new role as right-back started as a bit of a joke – but now he has taken full claim to the position.

Craig Lindfield

Craig Lindfield admitted that his new role as right-back started as a bit of a joke – but now he has taken full claim to the position.

The 23-year-old has spent all his career playing up front and has chipped in with five goals this season.

But injuries to Danny Coid, Rob Kiernan and Toto Nsiala’s sending off at Dagenham in March prompted boss Paul Cook to reassess his squad.

"On the coach after Dagenham, where we had all the problems with the defence, we were chatting about it and having some banter and I said ‘I’ll have a go at right-back’," said the former Liverpool trainee.

"I thought nothing more of it but when it came to the next game the gaffer pulled me and said do I fancy having a go and do a job and I said yes.

"To be honest, I will play anywhere as long as I am on the pitch and I will always do my best. I enjoy playing there as the manager likes his full-backs to get forward so it’s not as if it is just sitting at the back and watching.

"It’s different responsiblities. I am always looking forward rather than having my back to goal and I get a lot of the ball and have a bit more time on the ball.

"To be fair there were a few raised eyebrows when I said I was going to right-back but when you see the team sheet now it’s almost like I am expected to be there."

Like all but two of the Reds’ squad, Lindfield is hoping to impress enough to win a contract next season at the Crown¿Ground and he is hoping his versatility helps.

"The aim is to get a contract next season and a bit of security.

"The last thing you want to do is be thinking about it over the summer and worrying so hopefully the manager will put an offer on the table that suits everyone and I will be happy to sign. As long as I’m out on the pitch I will be happy to play anywhere."

 
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