Shrewsbury Town’s Joe Riley has told the Shropshire Star that he is willing to play in any position as long as he gets on the pitch.
Getting into the team this season was always going to be a tricky proposition for Riley. He tore his ankle ligaments at the end of last season and that led him to miss the start of this year. And with Riley out, Shrewsbury have been doing brilliantly and they have surprised everyone by getting to the top of Sky Bet League One.
This means that Riley is struggling to oust James Bolton from his regular starting spot and he is having to occupy himself as either coming on as a substitute or playing in cup competitions. This meant he did get a start in their win over Aldershot at the weekend but now Riley has said he is willing to play at left-back or any other position so he can get more time on the pitch.
He said: “It is a bit more natural to me playing right-back,”
“Left-back is different, there’s no getting away from that – I just have to use my standing foot a bit more I reckon!”
“I’d done it for a half when I’d played for Bury, one game. I seem to find it alright, it’s not too different, it’s just body shape and angles, things like that.”
“If the gaffer needed me to do a job there I’d be more than happy to go over there.”
“It’s always been nice to play in other positions, if you can it gives you more of a chance. If I can add it to my armoury it’d be great.”