CAMEROON international Lauren has thanked Lee Dixon for helping him adapt to life as a full-back.

Lauren was more of a midfield player when he arrived from Real Mallorca last season, but has switched to right-back this season to excellent effect.

And it was Dixon - the man whose place Lauren has taken in the starting line-up - who is to thank for making the transition so successful.

"I enjoy playing in midfield, but I don't mind playing in defence either. I also play differently in international games because Cameroon play a 3-5-2 system," Lauren explained.

"When I first switched to full back I spoke to Lee Dixon because he has played in that position for 15 years and knows so much.

"I wanted to know about the movement that is needed and the positions that you have to take up and he was really helpful.

"Whenever I asked him for advice he would talk to me and help me."

Lauren admits he feels more at home this season after a debut year that was disrupted by injury and participation in the Olympics.

"It can be hard when you first arrive because of the language and the fact that it takes time to settle into a new team," he said.

"But I never doubted that I had made the right move and the manager and all the players helped me which is important when you are new.

"The players were great because they remember what it was like when they first arrived and they helped me settle down a lot.

"I feel I have done well this season. I have played in more games and I am more confident. I am just trying to improve in every game and keep in the team."

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15 Apr 2002