Greg Halford: Nottingham Forest defender fond of change

Halford relishes role up front

Nottingham Forest defender Greg Halford says he will gladly try to transform himself into a striker for manager Billy Davies.

The 28-year-old started up front against Bolton on Saturday, creating the Reds' third goal for Henri Lansbury after hitting the post himself.

"I have confidence in my ability wherever I play," Halford told BBC East Midlands Today.

"Starting as a centre forward was a shock and surprise, but one I enjoyed."

He added: "It was icing on the cake to set up the third and seal the game."

Halford may have come in as a makeshift option against Wanderers after Darius Henderson was injured in training last week, but Davies insists the move was always planned.

The former Portsmouth, Wolves and Sheffield United man was pushed forward as a substitute last season and experimented with the role in pre-season.

"I've said to him that my intention is to play him more up front because I feel that he has got a lot of threats," Davies said.

"He was unlucky not to score, hitting the post, but it was a wonderful performance, he led the line brilliantly."

Halford, who moved to the City Ground from Portsmouth last season, made a majority of his 40 appearances last term as a defender.

But he said he has always prided himself on being versatile and even used to train part-time as a goalkeeper with Sheffield United and Pompey.

"My mum always used to say that if you can play 11 positions then you have 11 chances of getting into the team. And that is something I've kept with me wherever I've played," Halford said.

"The manager and I had a meeting at the end of last season and we both said I needed to nail down position, and we would come back in pre-season and figure out what position that was going to be.

"I thought it would be at centre-half, but Jack Hobbs has come in and done really well and obviously Kelvin Wilson has come in and done fantastic in the two games that he has played.

"Obviously Danny Collins has been here since last year and has been doing really well.

"It's a strangle feeling to now be a fourth choice centre-back and being started as a centre-forward, but I'm happy to play anywhere."

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