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6 March 2012 : Grounds Looking Forward To Playing Favoured Position
Yeovil Town loan defender Jonathan Grounds says that he sees his long term future as a full-back even though he made his full debut for the Glovers in the centre of defence. The 24 year old was given the central role against Brentford but was moved into a left-back slot after the departure of Nathan Jones, 59 minutes into the fixture, after the assistant manager picked up a leg injury affecting his ankle, calf and Achilles.

Grounds has played centre-back before, with League One rivals Chesterfield utilising him in that position during a loan spell earlier this season. However, he has told BBC Somerset that he prefers the full-back slot that he is expected to take for tonight's game at Milton Keynes Dons:

"I probably prefer to play left-back as that's where I've grown up playing. As I've grown a little bit bigger and a bit taller, and a bit older, I've managed to come across and play centre-half, but I'd probably say that left-back was my preferred position."

Along with fellow Boro loanee Jonathan Franks, Grounds is out of contract at the end of the 2011-12 season and given that neither player has set foot on the pitch for the Championship side's first team this campaign, the expectation is that both will be released in May. Grounds says that he will be influenced by which clubs will offer him regular first team football:

"I've had a few seasons at Middlesbrough where I've played a handful of games, but at the age that I'm at now I want to be playing 30 or 40 games a season, so I'll be looking in the summer for places that are going to give me that opportunity."


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