Coleman Relishing Right-Back Role
Irishman explains his club and country ambitions.
Seamus Coleman has set his sights on becoming a regular right-back for both club and country after his fine form earned him a much sought-after run in the position.
The versatile 24-year-old has started Everton's last nine games in the role and also featured there for the Republic of Ireland in last month's outings against Germany and the Faroe Islands.
Having caught the eye in the blue of the Toffees, the former Sligo Rovers star could be handed another chance to impress on the international stage on Wednesday when Greece are the visitors to Dublin's Aviva Stadium.
It's all a far cry from three seasons ago when Coleman arrived at Everton a right-back, only to be pushed further forward and used as a makeshift winger by manager David Moyes.
With Tony Hibbert nursing a calf problem and Phil Neville required in midfield, the Scot opted to place his trust in Coleman for September’s trip to Swansea and has since been rewarded with a string of confident displays.
Now the Irishman hopes he has done enough to prove he is more than just a back-up for a slot he considers his natural home.
"I've really enjoyed this run,” the eight-cap international told evertontv. “It's been a while really since I've played there for Everton; probably the last time I had a run of games there was when I was [on loan] at Blackpool.
"So I've really, really enjoyed it and I need to keep doing well because there are some good players who will be wanting to come in.
"It's different playing at right-back but I've always said it's my natural position and it's where I played at Sligo before I came over and then at Blackpool. I was very happy to play right midfield when I got the chance here but preferably I want to play right-back. It is different but it's something I'm more comfortable with.
"We [Ireland] have got Greece on Wednesday in Dublin and it's a big game for the players like myself who need to do well, so I'm looking forward to it."
Coleman helped Everton come from behind to defeat Sunderland 2-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday and believes his side were once again rewarded for sticking to their attacking principles.
"It was disappointing to concede a goal just on half-time, a big blow," he said. "But we went out in the second half and we kept trying to play and thankfully it paid off with two great goals."