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Luke Hannant: "I'm happy to play anywhere."

1 October 2018

Luke Hannant is enjoying life at Vale Park at the moment and he has made a positive contribution during the Valiants' recent form, but the midfielder is determined to ensure the run continues.

The Valiants go into Tuesday night's home fixture against MK Dons on the back of a four-game unbeaten run, with Idris Kanu's late leveller salvaging a point against Exeter City on Saturday afternoon.

With Kanu being his housemate this season, Hannant was delighted to see the 18-year-old forward head home to spark wild celebrations and he insists that the Peterborough United loanee is an influential member of the squad.

He said: "I live with Iddy and he's a great lad. He works hard every day in training and he stays out to do extra shooting because he's a hungry lad.

"He's only young so he has got a lot of learning to do, but you could see how excited he was to score that goal and he deserved it - I was buzzing for him.

"I always thought that the longer the game went on we were always going to get a chance. We were in the game during the second half and we did enough to get a point, but getting that last minute goal gives us confidence knowing that we are on an unbeaten run so we can go into Tuesday positive.

"I feel like we have performed really well in the last three games and we are gelling well as a team. There hasn't been much change in the starting 11 and that's vital to get a string of games together.

"We've been positive this season and although we've had ups and downs, we have put enough good performances in to show everyone that we're capable of doing well this season."

Despite playing a lot of games in the centre of midfield last season, Hannant has been utilised out wide during the current campaign and he admits that he is relishing his new role in the side.

The 24-year-old has been an ever-present figure in Neil Aspin's team, making 11 appearances in all competitions. He will want to add to that tally on Tuesday night in what will be a tough test against MK Dons, but he insists that Vale are full of confidence.

He said: "Wherever the gaffer puts me he knows I will give 100 per cent as I'm happy to play anywhere as long as I'm on the pitch. I feel comfortable on the left-hand side and I can use both feet, but I probably prefer playing on the left because I can cut inside onto my right.

"Myself and Ben Whitfield are similar players in the fact that we are strong on both feet and we have similar attributes, but he's another lad who will give his maximum in whatever role he plays because he is versatile as well.

"We know that MK Dons are a big team and they've invested well this season to try and bounce back up the leagues. However, we are on a good run and we're playing well as a team, so there is nothing that can stop us doing well on Tuesday night."


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