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Jul 25, 2012   |  8:52PM AET

Versatility key for Hingert

Versatility key for Hingert

Brisbane Roar’s Jack Hingert is hoping his versatility on the football pitch is the key to unlocking more game time in the upcoming Hyundai A-League campaign.

Brisbane Roar-s Jack Hingert is hoping his versatility on the football pitch is the key to unlocking more game time in the upcoming Hyundai A-League campaign.

The day after his club-s strong showing against Brisbane Olympic – a game that ended 5-0 in favour of the visitors – in their first pre-season outing of the year, the English-born defender said he was pleased with his 45 minute stint.

It also marked a return from injury for Hingert, who missed the 2012 Grand Final after hurting his ankle in the first leg of the Hyundai A-League major semi-final against Central Coast Mariners in April.

“It was the first hit-out for the pre-season so as a group, we were all buzzing to get a run,” he said.

“For me, I was especially keen as it was my first bit of game time since recovering from my ankle injury.

“I was really happy with it and I thought we kept the ball well and created quite a few opportunities.”

Since arriving at the club in July 2011, Hingert has seen his appearances in orange limited to cameos with the combination of injuries and a regular Roar starting eleven proving unlucky for the 21-year-old.

However, he showed no signs of discomfort in a solid performance against Olympic, playing in both the right-back and left-back positions after Shane Stefanutto sustained a minor injury.

With his performance in mind, the former North Queensland Fury youngster is eager to further prove his worth – and is confident he can do it from a number of different positions.

“Full-back is my main position but I can play a number of positions and obviously in this team, we all like playing a little bit further forward to get a chance in front of goal!” he said.

“I think my best position is as a full-back, either side although I do like playing on the left.

“It-s a good thing for me if the coach knows I can play in a number of positions and that I-m versatile and can adapt to different game plans.

“I always want to be improving each season, skills-wise as a player and also in the game time that I get.

“Hopefully I can stay injury free this year so I have no excuses and I definitely want to play as much as I can, I want to play every week so that-s my goal for the season.”