The middle man! Conor Marshall feels at home in his Boston United enforcer role

Conor Marshall.
Conor Marshall.

Conor Marshall says that he is now finally starting to feel like a midfielder.

The 20-year-old is a defender by trade, but has spent most of the season as Boston United’s chief ball winner in the centre of the park.

At first, the former Grimsby Town trainee admitted it felt strange adapting to his new role.

But now, he says he sees himself as a midfielder.

“I definitely feel like it’s my position now. I’m really enjoying it in the midfield,” he said.

“If you put me back at right back I’d probably be a little bit disappointed now.

“I’d probably be running out of position to try to make tackles in the middle.”

Marshall has made 22 starts and two substitute appearances for United so far this campaign, featuring in every competitve contest except the Lincs Senior Trophy defeat to Gainsborough, the first match of the season.

He has also netted his second goal for the Pilgrims, in the 3-2 victory against Altrincham.

Despite making cameos at full back and in the heart of defence, Marshall has played predominantly in the centre of the park.

He added: “I love it in midfield now. I reckon that’s my preferred position.

“I’m still learning, I’m still young and I’m looking forward to cracking on into 2014 and doing well.”

Manager Dennis Greene was the man who first chose to move Marshall into midfield.

And after using left back Netan Sansara as a stand-in striker in the last two games, Greene hasn’t ruled out making another return to that experiment.