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Darragh fully focussed on defensive duties

The defender admits his heart is set on one permanent position

3 July 2018

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"Centre half is definitely my position these days." That's what Darragh Lenihan says when asked whether he will ever see himself returning for a midfield berth.

Starting out in the centre of the park, Lenihan has moved back on the pitch to be a fine central defender in Rovers colours.

And after signing a new contract to extend his Ewood Park stay, the defender feels it is unlikely fans will see him playing further forward - for now, anyway.

“The central midfielder debate has gone now, I think," the Irishman said with a smile to iFollow Rovers.

"The manager certainly sees me as a centre half now, but wherever he wants me to play, I'll play. But centre half is definitely my position these days.

“It was difficult to play there at the start. I'd never really played there when I was younger but the gaffer was a centre half in his playing days and he's helped me develop an awful lot. The other lads, like Charlie [Mulgrew], have played there and you learn every day. I still need to get better and improve.

“It feels natural and I feel playing there now. If I was asked to play central midfield then I'd probably be a little rusty playing there, and I expect I've played more games at centre half than in midfield.

“I can do a better job for the team at centre half, I think my game suits playing there nowadays."

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