By Nik Brumsack

Craig Eastmond believes his versatility will hold him in good stead as he seeks to break into the first-team squad this season.

The defensive midfielder was included in this summer's pre-season tour of Asia and was deployed in a new centre-back role against a Malaysia XI and Kitchee.

Eastmond won the Youth Cup in 2009 as a right back and he feels that adding yet another position to his repertoire could help him add to his first-team appearances.

"I used to be a right back when I was young, before the boss asked me to move to midfield because he thought I was better there," Eastmond told after Monday night's Under-21 victory over Everton.

"It's good to play in different positions, because you never know, someone might get injured and you can go and do a job.

"I'm always confident and I’m ready to take my chance with both hands when the boss gives me an opportunity."

Eastmond enjoyed a successful loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers last season and would be open to another temporary move if he can’t make his mark at Emirates Stadium.

"I went on loan and came back, now I'm hoping to break into the first team. If not I can go out on loan again and show the boss I'm ready to take my chance," he said.

"It [Wycombe] was a good experience because I was playing week in, week out. I loved it there and wanted to play all the time and show the boss what I can do. I want to go to a higher level and play in the Championship, maybe even the Premier League.”

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4 Sep 2012