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Thinking long-term

29 April 2016

Nottingham Forest’s Danny Fox says he can see a long-term future for himself in central defence.

The 29-year-old has returned to the starting line up under head coach Paul Williams, filling in for the injured Kelvin Wilson, Michael Mancienne and Jack Hobbs and drawing praise for his displays.

And Fox would be more than happy to spend the rest of his career at the heart of the back four.

He told Forest Player HD: “Obviously I’ve played most of my career at left back but I’d much rather play at centre half, especially if we’re going to play out from the back.

“I feel I can showcase my attributes a little bit more from centre half and I think it gives the team a bit more balance when the centre halves are left and right-footed, because you can go either way then.

“I always said to myself that if I ever did have the chance to come back into the team, whether it be at centre half or left back, I would play with a bit of freedom, not put as much pressure on myself and just enjoy it because I feel that’s when you play your best football.”

Mancienne returned to full training yesterday and it remains to be seen whether he will get the nod over Fox when Wolves visit for Forest’s final home game of the season on Saturday.

But Fox is keen to help the team end the home campaign on a high.

He said: “With us not winning for quite a while at home it would be nice to put in a performance and get a result to match on Saturday – a resounding victory and something for the fans to be happy and optimistic about for next season.”

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