Hull City defender Alfie Jones says he enjoys the competition for places in Grant McCann’s team and is ready to take the opportunity to step up when required.
The 23 year-old joined the Tigers from Southampton in the summer and is looking forward to this weekend’s FA Cup fixture against Fleetwood Town, with Jones hoping to gain some minutes on the field.
“As a player, you always want healthy competition for places as it makes you want to perform better,” he said. “The boys that are playing at the moment have kept the shirt well, so as a player you just need to keep working hard on the training ground and wait for your opportunity.
“You’ve got to take that opportunity when it’s given to you, and games like this in the FA Cup is where opportunities are there to be given out and it’s up to us to take that opportunity.
The versatile Jones has played in defence and midfield for Grant McCann’s side so far, but insists he is happy to play where required as long as he’s on the pitch.
“I think the midfield role is a bit busier,” said Jones. “It’s 360 degrees around you, you’ve got to be quick on the ball and have good awareness. At centre-back, the game is all in front of you and it’s a lot more physical at the back when you’re dealing with long balls and aerial duels.
“I don’t really have a preference to where I play. The last couple of years I’ve changed between both roles and last season at Gillingham, I played in midfield for the full season, but I arrived as a centre half so I feel as if that can benefit me in any squad. I enjoy playing both positions and the main thing for me is just playing games.”