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Ciaran sets the tone

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Young Northern Irishman Ciaran Toner has developed into something of a Jack-of-all-trades in recent weeks — turning his cultured boots to a number of different roles within the reserve side.

The 20-year-old midfielder has played on the right and centre of midfield and also in various defensive positions as a number of his contemporaries have been drafted into the first team.

One of his most recent positions has been central defence — a role he performed against Arsenal — and it was put to him that maybe Sol Campbell should be looking over his shoulder.

"I don’t know about that," laughed Ciaran. "Central defence is not my best position I don’t feel anyway, I think it’s central midfield.

"I’ve said all along I’ll play anywhere to get on the pitch and I thought I had a good game and I think everyone had a good game.

"Under Theo Foley I think we haven’t lost a game, we’ve drawn one and won the rest. The lads have done brilliant, it’s been a young side all through those games because there has been a lot of first team players out injured.

"Obviously the likes of Alton and Tony Gardner, Matty and John Piercy have been getting a run in the first team. It’s good for the young lads coming through to get games in the reserves because it’s a good level. Hopefully we can continue."

Ciaran, who has featured in the first team squad himself this season, believes he has met the targets he set himself at the beginning of the campaign and is readying himself for that tricky final furlong for a young player — breaking into the fist team proper.

"At the start of this season my main aim was to establish myself in the reserves, hopefully get in with the first team set-up and I’ve done that. I’ve travelled with the squad four times this season and I’m delighted with that. I’ve got into a regular place with the under-21s of Northern Ireland. So I can really ask for more.

"Obviously I’ll expect to reach and set another goal. I’d like to get on the bench and get a run out sometime and I’m looking forward to it.

"If I can continue to play as well as I know I can and, as I feel I am at the moment, I can do that."

By Richard Hubbard