Stoke star speaks on meeting with Hughes; wants central-midfield role

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Stoke City's Geoff Cameron says that he has asked to play in central midfield this season.

Stoke City's Geoff Cameron has revealed that he had a meeting with Mark Hughes over pre-season to discuss the role he wanted to play this season.

Cameron has been utilised in defence, at right-back and centre-back during his career at the Britannia Stadium so far, but the American international says he is aiming to break into the team as a central midfielder this campaign.

The powerful player had become frustrated of regularly being used away from his favoured position and, although he admits that he is happy to fill-in at right-back on occasion, he is now targeting a permanent berth in the side in central-midfield.

That is where he came on against Swansea City, as he helped guide the Potters to a 2-1 victory, and he revealed that this is where he feels he can perform to his highest standards.

"Centre midfield is the position I want to play in, it's where I feel comfortable and feel I play my best football," he said to the club's official site. 

"I'm not fighting for the right-back role, but I am happy to fill in the role if Phil [Bardsley] or Andy [Wilkinson] go down and I'm needed.

"I had a chat with the manager and I was honest in saying that I want to play in either the central midfield or central defensive role.

"There's a lot of guys fighting for competition in both areas so for me I'll keep working hard, wait for my time and when the opportunity comes along I've got to take advantage of it."

Stoke are still a side making the transition to more attractive football under Mark Hughes, but they seem to be making giant strides.

Last season they finished in the top 10 and they are in a similar position already this time around. The aim now is that they will be able to build on this impressive start and continue to climb up the table in future weeks.

The Potters' next game comes against an in-form Southampton side and Cameron will be hoping he did enough to convince Hughes he is ready for a starting role. 

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