Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fergie's Happy to Be Left at Back; Defensive Role Is Fine for Shane

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fergie's Happy to Be Left at Back; Defensive Role Is Fine for Shane

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Byline: LEE RYDER

SHANE FERGUSON is ready to commit himself to a future at left-back with Newcastle United.

The young Irishman goes into the game with West Brom tomorrow vying for a place in midfield after shining on the left wing against Chelsea last Sunday. Fergie was deemed an attacking midfielder during his days as a second-string regular, but has enjoyed deputising for Jose Enrique this season, and is keen to continue his apprenticeship in the Premier League as a full-back.

With Enrique's future still uncertain and with the Spaniard having just a year left of his current deal, it could be a case of opportunity knocks for the player, who is the subject of an international tug-of-war between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Ferguson told the Chronicle: "I see myself as a left-back now, and feel comfortable there, but I also like playing on the wing.

"I'd love to start the West Brom game, but I've just got to wait and see. …

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