Hughes - I'm a right-back now

Last updated : 29 June 2002 By Luke Thornhill

"I suppose if you were to ask me now I'd say I was a right-back," he told the Evening Chronicle today.

"I'd always been a centre-half but my versatility saw me play in other positions, which can be a double-edged sword.

"But I'd started last season in the centre of defence and that was where I was hoping to stay, but of course I got injured and Andy O'Brien took his chance very well. So I jumped at the chance to come in at right-back.

"I've played there for Northern Ireland but it took me a bit of time to get used to playing there every week. You need to get confidence to get forward.

"But I really enjoyed it. It's good to be able to get forward and get involved at the other end. Perhaps I've finally found my position!"