Gainsborough Trinity captain Michael Leary says he’s happy to fill in wherever he is required as the club battles to stay in Skrill North.
Leary – who has spent the majority of his career at in midfield – has played at right-back and in the centre of defence in recent weeks as Blues manager Steve Housham looked to plug holes in his injury ravaged defence.
The former Grimsby Town man says it’s a role he’s happy to take on.
“It’s a case of getting individuals to fill gaps,” said Blues skipper Leary.
“The manager sees my attributes as the ones that can fill certain positions when needed, and I’m happy just to be playing.”
Leary himself has not long returned from a serious ankle injury that saw him miss the best part of five months of action, and says he has to play catch up with his teammates regarding match fitness.
“I got injured three games into the season so I did get a full pre-season in.”
“But to miss such a long time means I’m always behind, and you have to work hard to catch up.”
One of Leary’s first games back in Trinity blue was the 6-0 thrashing at local rivals Boston United, and Leary admits that his and his teammates’ pride was dented by the severity of the loss.
“You get questions from friends and family asking what happened and how you lost so badly to your rivals – it’s not nice.
“We had to just try and keep spirits high.”
“We reacted well against Leamington and were gutted not to take the three points, and we’re just trying to find that consistency.”
Consistency is the name of the game for the Blues.
They’re trying to fight their way out of trouble in the Skrill North division, and it’s a battle which Leary is convinced his side can and will win.
“Nobody has run away with the league this year.”
“You can be on one end of a 6-0 loss like we were at Boston and on the other end like we were at Barrow.”
“If we can find some consistency, we can catapult ourselves up the league.”
“All it takes is a few wins and we’ll be looking towards the top half of the table rather than the relegation places.”
“We aren’t looking over our shoulder, we’re looking ahead and targeting a top half finish.”
“We just need to get that run of games together.”