Brighton: Greg Halford believes versatility a mixed blessing

Greg Halford
Greg Halford (left) has made 12 appearances for Brighton after joining on loan from Nottingham Forest

On-loan Brighton defender Greg Halford believes his career has not progressed as he hoped because he can play in different positions.

The 30-year-old has been used as a defender by boss Chris Hughton, but has played as a striker in the past.

"I am used to being versatile, but I don't like it. I think it has hindered my career," Halford told BBC Sussex.

"But I am happy to do a job wherever the manager puts me and I want to play as many games as possible."

Halford has played in every outfield position during his career.

"I came through the youth team at Colchester as a midfielder, made my debut as a right-back and earned an England Under-21 call up as a striker," he said.

He is out of contract with parent club Nottingham Forest in the summer and is using his spell with the Seagulls to show clubs what he can do.

"I don't take any opportunities lightly, I grab it with both hands," said Halford.

"It is up in the air in terms of conversations with clubs, I need to play games to create those conversations and go forward."

After playing in the Premier League with Reading, Sunderland and Wolves, he feels he has what it takes to play there again.

"My main experience is in the Championship and I know what it takes to get out the league, so my experience will stand me in good stead," he added.

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