Everton defender targets first team spot
Everton defender Seamus Coleman aiming to impress new boss Roberto Martinez
Everton defender Seamus Coleman hopes he can secure a place in new manager Roberto Martinez's starting XI ahead of the new Premier League season.
The 24-year-old insists he is focused on his training and is happy to play in any formation, with Coleman being talked about as an ideal individual for a wing-back role along with Englishman Leighton Baines.
"I know the manager has talked about formations and as full-backs we like to get forward," Coleman explained to Everton tv.
"Tony Hibbert is back from injury having missed a lot of last season so me and him will be fighting it out - and it's up to me to keep playing well and try to stay in the team," he added.
With Martinez keen to implement his new system at the club, Coleman will be a key player at both ends of the pitch, although stressed the importance of his job as a defender.
"Attacking is a big part of my game, trying to get forward as much as I can, but as a full-back your first job is to defend.
"As last season went on I think I got stronger defensively. it's my proper position but I hadn't played regularly there since being on loan at Blackpool, Coleman said.
The Irish international went on to discuss how much he is looking forward to a new challenge under Martinez, following the Spaniard's arrival from Wigan after the departure of David Moyes.
"It has been different. Since I have been here it had just been David Moyes so it's a big change but it's been really enjoyable.
"It's a clean slate and I'm looking forward to doing my best," he added.
Coleman impressed on his return to action as Everton overcame Accrington Stanley 4-1 last week.
The Merseyside outfit continue their preparation for the new campaign when they travel to Blackburn on Saturday.
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