CHRIS Basham hopes this can be the season he finally nails down a starting place at Bloomfield Road.
The 24-year-old has endured a frustrating couple of years since his move from Bolton.
He is highly rated by boss Ian Holloway but has been used in a number of different positions, including right-back and midfield.
And while he’s more than happy to play where asked, he hopes this can be his year.
“I think my flexibility causes me problems sometimes,” Basham admitted.
“My dad is always telling me it’s a good thing I can play in a number of different positions, but sometimes it can cause me problems.
“Because I can play all over the park it can be hard to nail down a position in the team.
“I only played maybe 17 games last season and my main goal is to get myself established in the starting 11 here.”
Basham joined the club in the summer of 2010 in a deal worth £1m.
However, despite coming on as substitute in Pool’s 4-0 Premier League opener at Wigan, a broken leg meant he only featured in one other game that season.
He did much better last year, managing 17 league appearances, but the two pre-season games he’s played in so far are a prime example of his situation.
At Hyde he was used as a right-back, before playing in the middle during Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat to Swansea.
He added: “It can be frustrating. I’m 24 now and I still don’t actually know what my best position is.
“Obviously midfield is my favourite but I don’t really know where the manager wants be to play.
“I obviously played in midfield a lot last season, but I think he likes me in that right-back role.
“I’m not 100% sure where I’ll end up, but I don’t mind playing right-back as it allows you to get forward, I quite enjoy it.
“I am a bit of a utility player, which hopefully stands me in good stead.
“It does get a little bit frustrating though. One week I’m in midfield, then others I’m at right-back.”
Despite uncertainty over his position, Basham can’t wait for the coming season and is confident the Seasiders can be up there come the end of the season.
He said: “The squad is looking good at the moment, and training has been fantastic. The new boys look really good. The gaffer doesn’t bring bad players into this team, we are surrounded by good players at the club.
“Tiago (Gomes) looks like he is going to give us versatility, he’s good in the hole and he can also play as a holding midfielder too.
“Robbo (Scott Robertson) is a bit more like a Keith Southern-type player who gets in people’s faces, he looks like a great signing too.
“I’m learning from everyone at training each day.”