Wednesday 7 December 2016

Clark hopes versatility will sway Trap

Published 04/01/2012 | 05:00

CIARAN CLARK believes that his ability to play a number of positions gives him a chance of forcing his way into Ireland's Euro 2012 squad.

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The Aston Villa youngster has fallen out of favour with Giovanni Trapattoni since he was recruited from England. Clark failed to impress at left-back in the friendly defeat to Uruguay last March.

After spending the early part of the season on the sidelines, the 22-year-old has been used as a holding midfielder by Alex McLeish in recent weeks. Clark, who initially came to prominence as a centre-half, hopes that a sustained run in the team will improve his prospects of getting on the plane to Poland.

"Obviously it would be a massive experience for me," said Clark.

"But I haven't been picked for the last few squads. Now that I've played a few games, it's nice to think to myself that I can show the manager I am good enough.

"I have shown I can play in a couple of positions but it is down to the manager at the end of the day and all I can do is keep playing games."

Trapattoni faces a challenge to whittle his finals squad down to 23 names, and admitted before Christmas that versatility will be a key element to making the cut.

Clark's target is to catch the Italian's attention ahead of the friendly with the Czech Republic on February 29. "If I play games I know I will hopefully get a chance to go but that is all I can do."

Defender Sean St Ledger will certainly be going to Poland, yet he is unsure about his own club future.

St Ledger is on his way out of Leicester just six months after his arrival following a dispute with new boss Nigel Pearson.

League One promotion contenders Huddersfield have expressed an interest, although St Ledger would naturally prefer to stay in the Championship. A fee of £500,000 could be enough to secure his services, but he would also be looking for a sizeable pay packet.

Irish Independent

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