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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).

Tom Huddlestone would not be drawn on whether he favours playing at centre half or midfield - insisting he does not have a preference.

The 18-year-old broke though into the Derby County first team playing in the heart of midfield before then Pride Park boss George Burley needed cover in central defence, giving Tom the chance to further his experience in a new position which he pretty much held from that point on. He does, however, revert to a midfield role for England under-21s.

The powerfully built 6ft 2" player is happy to keep his options open following his arrival at Spurs.

"I don't honestly have a preference," said Tom, who featured in his first game for the club at the back in the 3-0 win over Stevenage on Saturday. "I have played regularly in both positions and often it has been changed during matches. What I have said all along is if I am in the team I am just happy to play in whatever position.

"In my first season at Derby I played in midfield but, with the injuries we had at Derby, I moved back to centre half and after a few good games the manager kept me there other than the odd game in midfield."

Tom feels the pre-season period is a vital one for himself and the other young players at the club, offering the chance to impress Martin Jol and stake a claim for an opportunity once the Premiership season kicks off in August.

"Hopefully I will get my chance sooner rather than later," he added. "I've just got to work hard in pre-season and take my chance when it comes.

"Pre-season is a time for trying and testing players, if I get to play it is then up to me."

Meanwhile, Martin predicts a big future for Tom, but points out there is great competition for places in the first team group

"He is a big lad!" said the Head Coach. "He has played so many games already in the Championship and he has a good future. Tom may not start straight away as we also have King, Dawson, Naybet and Gardner so it will be difficult for him to get in at the back. In midfield there is also a lot of competition so he must prove himself, but he has a very bright future ahead of him.

"He has a very good pass on him like Michael Carrick, who I have always said is one of the best passers in the league - Tom will be among them as well."