Hill: I’ll play anywhere

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NEW boy Matt Hill, who says he will play anywhere the manager asks him to.

The 30-year-old defender, who joined Pool after leaving Barnsley, is primarily a left-back but has featured at centre-half in pre-season games.

Hill said: “Centre-half is a role I haven’t played for a little while but I’m willing to play anywhere as long as I get to play.

“All I can do is play as well as I can whenever I’m picked and hopefully make a claim to keep my place.

“Before I signed, the manager mentioned that he knows he can play me at left-back or centre-back.”

Pool also have cover for left-back Stephen Crainey in new signing Bob Harris and Hill added: “Obviously Crainey is a very good player and he has done very well, so I have just got to push him as hard as I can.

“I have been playing at left-back for a long time and the gaffer knows I can do a job at either position if needed.

“If I go into the team and do well, I’ll be knocking on the door asking to play more.”

Hill has been impressed with his new boss. He revealed: “Ian Holloway has surprised me in terms of how good a coach he is.

“He’s as lively as you see on the TV, though. He’s a very positive person and hopefully he can help me perform.

“Obviously everyone has had a taste of Premier League football here and they’ll be pushing for it again. It will be hard because there are a lot of good teams in the Championship, but hopefully we can give it a good go.”

Hill’s move has raised eyebrows at the other end of the M55.

He spent three years with Pool’s arch-rivals Preston, earning a fans’ player of the season award along the way.”

Though that was never going to stop him joining Pool.

“Signing for Preston’s rivals did cross my mind a little bit,” he said.

“I was more worried about my house still being there when I got back!

“But signing for Blackpool was a great opportunity for me. I spoke to the manager and I wanted to be a part of it.”