Ricketts relishing new role
Sam Ricketts is enjoying playing in unfamiliar territory as he deputises at centre-back for Bolton.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 20/02/10 2:09pm
Sam Ricketts is enjoying playing in unfamiliar territory as he deputises in the absence of Gary Cahill for Bolton at centre-back.
Ricketts began as a right-back at the Reebok Stadium following his move from Hull and, after fighting back for a first-team spot, he returned to the side on the left before moving into the middle.
With Cahill likely to not return to the fray for the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his left arm, it looks as if Ricketts can finally make a position in defence his own.
"It doesn't matter where I play, I just want to be out there," said the ex-Swansea City player.
"I saw Gaz (Cahill) briefly the other day, he came down to the training ground but I've not had chance to ask him for any advice.
"A few of my mates are centre-halves so I have been having some banter, telling them how easy it is to play there.
"Garry Monk, the Swansea captain, was my best mate when I was down there and he has been giving me a few pointers."
The 28-year-old will be looking to retain his place in the side which will face Blackburn having helped Bolton keep a clean sheet against Wigan in midweek, and Ricketts says his team-mates are ready for the relegation scrap.
"There are big games coming up against Blackburn and Wolves. It's so tight at the foot (of the table), it's important we produce performances," he said.
"Hopefully those performances turn into points for us. All the lads are producing the effort in the games. You can see by the amount of ground they are covering."