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Bryan Determined To Stay At Left-Back

Joe Bryan is keen to spend the rest of his career at left-back.

The 23-year-old excelled as a wing-back in the 2014/15 double-winning campaign, having previously been used on the left side of midfield, and has even sampled life in a central role.

But now left-back seems to be his home, with head coach Lee Johnson believing the Bristolian has the ability to regularly fulfil the position in the Premier League in years to come.

“I think I’m settling into it,” Bryan told Bristol City Player HD.

“Obviously I had a few games a few weeks ago when I played in centre midfield and left-wing again, but overall I am starting to feel more comfortable at left-back.

“I know I still need to get better at everything – attacking, defending and stopping crosses from coming in.

“When you’re younger it is useful to be able to play different positions.

“The gaffer has said to me before that I probably wouldn’t have played as many games as I have if I’d been nailed down to one position since I was 18.

“But as you get older, I think it becomes more important to nail down one position and that’s something I want to do.”

Due to international fixtures, City face a 13-day wait for their next game after Nottingham Forest visit Ashton Gate tomorrow (3pm).

Bryan sees the chance to go into the break on a four-match winning run as a huge opportunity.

“It would be massive for morale in training over the two weeks when we haven’t really got a game to look forward to,” he added.

“I’m expecting another tough game, but we’ve been playing well.

“After two away games against Fulham, coming home and playing well in front of a crowd who know we’ve been playing well away from home is a good feeling.”

City go in search of a fourth consecutive victory when they host Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on Saturday (3pm). Tickets are available on general sale by phone on 0117 963 0600 and online.

 

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