Shorey puts hand up to succeed Barry in Villa midfield

Nicky Shorey has put his hand up to replace Gareth Barry in Aston Villa's midfield.

Nicky Shorey has put his hand up to replace Gareth Barry in Aston Villa's midfield.

The England left-back told the Sunday Mercury: “I started out in midfield and I think I was at Orient when I switched to full-back.

“There wasn’t a left-back for the reserves and I was the only left-footer in the team so I got chucked there and I’ve stayed there ever since.

“I played centre midfield but I don’t think I was going to last long there at Leyton Orient because it was the Third Division and they’re not necessarily after a small centre midfielder who can play good football. They want bigger, more physical players.

“I played a few games in centre midfield for the reserves at Villa while I wasn’t playing in the first team and I really enjoyed it. I still feel I can offer a lot in there as well.”