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King's new role

English Barclays Premiership

Ledley King takes the next few steps on his new career path on Wednesday night.

Our England Under-21 star is being converted from a central defender to a midfielder by manager George Graham.

The boss is clearly a fan of King the midfielder and recently admitted: “I played Ledley last season at Derby and he was my man-of-the-match but he picked up an injury then and didn’t really feature again until the end of the season.

“He played in midfield that day against Derby and I’m quite confident he’ll finish up as a midfield player. He’s strong, six-foot-two and has just got to stay injury free. He is a very promising youngster but only time will tell once he gets a run of games under his belt.”

King, meanwhile, is on his way back after breaking his foot in the European Under-21 Championships in May.

Last week’s reserve win against Watford represented King’s first competitive 90 minutes since that unfortunate injury.

The 19-year-old revealed: “I’ve had a word with the boss and he’s told me that he wants me to play in midfield so we’ll see how it goes.

“The Watford match was my first reserve game in midfield, I thought it went alright and hopefully I can push on from there.

“It’s a position I enjoyed playing when I was young and coming up through the ranks. It’s a bit harder work, particularly when you are coming back from injury!

“Hopefully I’ll get a few more games under my belt and get back in the squad again.”

To listen to Ledley King's thoughts, click here