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Gardner enjoying new midfield role

Albion man pleased with new responsibilities

CRAIG Gardner claims the guidance provided by Albion's coaching staff has given him a new least of life.

The Albion midfielder arrived at The Hawthorns as a midfielder with a reputation for attacking play, although he has also occupied other roles during his career.

But Gardner reckons Alan Irvine and his staff have tweaked his style - for the better.

Gardner said: "People have always said I have this instinct to attack but as a midfielder you need to be able to do everything. 

"Since the gaffer and coaches came in they have taught me a lot and made me adapt at times. 

"They’ve got me thinking about how I play – keeping shape and keeping position at all times, but also being able to attack when necessary or drop deeper.

"I am seeing more of the ball and keeping the ball for longer. I’m enjoying this role a lot. We’ve got a great team ethic in the squad where everyone wants to do well. 

"There is a great attitude at the club. I’m finding myself a lot deeper at times and having to hold my position more. 

"But also there is a chance for me to have more chances in and around the box or being able to make runs in the box."