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I absolutely love a tackle!

Sam Hart determined to let his defensive duties come to the fore

8 September 2017

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Sam Hart hopes to bring some versatility and old-fashioned aggression to the Rovers ranks.

A left-back by trade, the 20-year-old played a number of games at left wing whilst on loan from Liverpool at Port Vale last season.

And whilst he revelled in the more attacking role, Hart insists his defensive duties come first.

"I'm quite an aggressive player and I do absolutely love a tackle, but obviously the laws are changing a little bit, so I'm going to have to adapt to that, but yeah I do love a tackle," said Hart, who could make his Rovers debut at Rochdale tomorrow.

"I've grown up playing full-back, so that's where I love playing, but when I was on loan last year, they actually played me left wing and I really enjoyed it - just getting forward and creating things, but left-back is where I play really.

"As long as you've got one of those 11 shirts then nothing really matters."

Having had a productive pre-season with Liverpool's development squad and a full week's training with his new Rovers team-mates at Brockhall, Hart insists he's ready for action if called upon.

"I've had a really good pre-season," he added. "I'm feeling fit, I'm feeling ready, so whatever the gaffer goes with I'll be right behind him.

"I went away with Liverpool's Under-23s, we had a nice little tour, so I'm really fit now and ready to go.

"I've two or three sessions here now, so I'm getting a real taste for the way the manager wants to play, so I'm just leaning every day.

"The quality is something that I've been used to. Every player has got something ideal that you need to be a professional footballer and they're all great players, so for me to be here, I'm only going to improve myself."

One of three deadline day signings, along with Rekeem Harper and Paul Downing, who have joined on loan from West Brom and MK Dons respectively, Hart says it is nice not to be the only new boy in the group.

"Exactly that," he added. "We're all just trying to get a real feel for the place, but everyone has been really nice and kind and open, so I've really enjoyed it."

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