Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Nyron's Centred on New Cats Role

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Nyron's Centred on New Cats Role

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

NYRON Nosworthy is preparing to reinvent himself as a full-time centre-half after admitting he would have no qualms about making the heart of Sunderland's defence his preferred position.

The 26-year-old produced his best performance in Black Cats colours during last weekend's home win against Ipswich when he partnered Jonny Evans in a makeshift backline and, although his central deployment was an emergency measure, it has given the Londoner food for thought.

Although Steve Caldwell and Stanislav Varga could both be available for Saturday's tough Championship fixture at Hillsborough, Roy Keane will not break such a promising partnership lightly.

The Sunderland boss believes Nosworthy has what it takes to fill the position on a permanent basis. And, having fared so well there in his last appearance, the Brixton-born full-back is ready to give it a go.

"Slowly but surely I'm starting to see myself more as a centre-half and I'm starting to imagine playing in that position for a while," said a player who has struggled to establish himself at right-back during his 18 months on Wearside.

"I enjoy it and the more I play there, the more comfortable it's going to become. It's not a position I'm particularly used to but I enjoyed it. I was only told I would be starting there right before the game so I didn't have much time to think about it. But the fact I was thrown in there was probably for the best."

Caldwell, Varga, Kenny Cunningham and Danny and Neill Collins have all played in central defence for Sunderland this season but, of the various permutations that have been fielded, the most-recent combination of Evans and Nosworthy has looked the most effective.

"Jonny has impressed me a lot," admitted Nosworthy, who is keen to partner the on-loan Manchester United stopper on a regular basis. "He was very comfortable on the ball and he kept things simple. He didn't try to complicate things and I think that made it easier for me. I have played there a few times so I know what's expected. I wouldn't say it's my best position but I can't have done myself any harm by proving I can play there. …

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