Callum Chippendale says he is happy to be Boston United’s Jack of all trades - just as long as he is named in Dennis Greene’s starting XI.
The 19-year-old joined the Pilgrims from Bradford Park Avenue this summer, touted as a winger who could also play up front.
But as he scored a hat-trick during United’s 3-3 pre-season friendly draw at Stamford on Saturday, two of those finishes came from an experimental central midfield role.
Asked if he had a favoured position, Chippendale said he just wanted to start games.
“I’m a Jack of all trades really,” he said.
“I’ve just scored two from centre midfield, so I don’t mind it there either to be honest.
“As long as I’m playing I’ll be happy.
“I’m the sort of player who just loves to be on the ball all the time, so if I’m doing that I’m happy.”
That treble at the Zeeco Stadium were Chippendale’s first three goals in Boston colours, and they quickly brought a smile to his face.
The first was a penalty, but goals number two and three - coming onto the ball from midfield - were powerful strikes from the edge of the box, one with his right and the other with his left.
“It’s always nice to be back on the scoresheet,” Chippendale added.
“I really enjoyed the game time, what pre-season’s all about.
“I’m right footed, but every so often the left pulls one out.
“Getting off the mark with a hat-trick - you can’t beat it.”
The competitive nature of the contest - which saw three first-half bookings as tempers boiled over - suited Chippendale, who believes that a tough-tackling match is exactly what the side needed ahead of the National League North’s opening game at home to Stalybridge on August 6.
“As pre-season goes on the team’s getting stronger and stronger,” he added.
“I’ve never played a friendly like that.
“It was like a league game, tackles flying every where and yellow cards.
“You can’t complain. It prepares us well.”