At various stages under previous managers, he has operated at left-back or in a defensive midfield role. When Lambert arrived, there was no heart-to-heart chat about his preference.
"I could tell from pre-season that he was looking at using me at centre-half," he explains. "And then when Ron (Vlaar) came in, we trained together from the start and seemed to click.
"There's been a couple of games where we haven't done so well, but the majority of games we've done really well."