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Joe Rafferty Is Enjoying His Midfield Role

11 September 2015

Joe Rafferty has told that he is enjoying playing in the central midfield role.

The 21-year-old, who has predominantly played at right back during his time the club, missed the first game of the season through suspension, but found his way back into the side following an injury to Andy Cannon.

Manager Keith Hill has switched Rafferty from full back to midfield in recent weeks, where has been a revelation.

“I was gutted to be missing the first game,” said Rafferty, who made his 100th appearance for Dale last month.

“I knew that once I got my chance I needed to take it and work hard on and off the pitch to keep my place. I obviously got a little bit lucky with Andy getting injured after the first game but I’m happy to have kept my place.”

On his new role, he commented: “I’ve been enjoying it, to be fair. When you’re playing in that position you’re always involved in the game – sometimes at right back you’re not always involved. You also get more of the ball in that position, which I enjoy.

“I’ll play anywhere – I don’t mind where the Gaffer plays me, but I’m definitely enjoying playing in that position at the moment.”

Dale head to the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday to face Burton Albion and Rafferty is looking forward to the fixture.

“We’re going there confident. We go into the game looking to take something out of it. We’ll do our best and hopefully get three points.”

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