Port Vale's Louis Dodds 'held back by versatility'

Louis Dodds
Dodds hit the post in Vale's 2-1 defeat by AFC Wimbledon on Saturday

Louis Dodds believes his ability to play in several different positions has prevented him from securing a regular first-team spot at Port Vale.

The 25-year-old has started just three league games this season and only six times in all competitions.

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "I can play anywhere in midfield or up front, but there are players who are specialised in those positions.

"I'm there if he wants to shake it up a bit, rather than hold a regular spot."

The former Leicester trainee, who is out of contract at the end of the season, said one of his targets for the future is to focus on playing in one particular position, in an attempt to increase his chances of starting regularly.

He added: "It's something that I've got to address myself so I can really start working on my game in that specific position, rather than, say if I was playing on the left side of midfield, I can be working on coming inside.

"Then you end up playing in the middle and that work isn't going to benefit you.

"It's something that I've got to work on for the future."

Dodds's last start came in the FA Cup first round replay defeat by non-league Grimsby in November.

Micky Adams's side have lost their last four matches in League Two and play away at Rotherham on Saturday.

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