Mitchell Rose is enjoying being back in the Mansfield Town first team - but isn’t getting too comfortable.
The versatile 21-year-old can operate in either defence or midfield and praised the quality of this season’s squad Adam Murray has assembled.
And, because of the strength in depth, Rose is willing to play anywhere the manager needs him so long as he’s in the Stags’ starting eleven.
Rose said: “I’ve not played much senior football over the past three or four seasons so this is a vital season for me. It’s been one of mixed emotions.
“The first 10-12 games I was in the team and I was doing OK, I was relishing the opportunity, and I’m grateful to be back and contributing to performances.”
He added: “My natural position is centre midfield but if you look at the strength of the squad we’ve got some good players in there which makes it hard to cement down a place.
“I have to be willing to play in other positions and those performances at right back and right midfield give me the chance to play central midfield.
“I’ve just got to make sure wherever I play I’m contributing to the team.”
Mansfield have kept seven clean sheets so far in the league this season - one more than Saturday’s opponents at the One Call Stadium Wycombe Wanderers.
“Our defence has been unbelievable this season, I think we’ve kept the most clean sheets in the league, so I had to make sure I was on top of my game,” he said reflecting on the last two away games at Yeovil Town and Portsmouth, where clean sheets have been kept.
“There was no room for error. I had to make sure my first pass was a simple pass and get in to the game. I got in to it straight away and got my head down. I’m grateful I was able to help the team.
“To come out of the week with four points is massive for us and puts us in a great position for Saturday. I thought we were a little bit unfortunate not to take all three points, if we were at our best on Saturday we would have taken all three points.”
And Rose is looking forward to facing Wycombe, wherever he may be needed.
“We’re getting stronger every game. We have to make sure we compete well,” he said.
“If we can do what they did last season and get to the play-off final and go one better it would be great. We’ve just got to keep pushing on.”