West Ham United midfielder Kieron Dyer is eager for first-team football under new manager Avram Grant – so much so that he is willing to play in any position.
The injury-prone 31-year-old has endured a torrid spell on the sidelines at Upton Park since signing from Newcastle United in 2007 – starting just seven Premier League games. But Dyer is positive that he will be fit for the Hammers’ first fixture against Aston Villa on August 14.
West Ham made it five wins in a row in pre-season after they ran out 1-0 victors against Ipswich Town on Saturday – with Dyer getting another 60 minutes under his belt.
"That was my fifth position in pre-season," Dyer told the club's official website.
"I've said I will play anywhere and I'm obviously a versatile player and with Matty Upson coming off early I dropped back into right-back, and I quite enjoyed it actually.
"It's been a long time since I played an hour but it's petrol in the tank, as they say.
"We've got another game on Tuesday and one on Saturday, so hopefully I'll get 90 minutes in one of those games and it will set me up for Villa.
"I was really stiff towards the end but we've had a really difficult training week and you could see from our performance that everyone was very tired and nobody really had any explosive pace. Ipswich gave us a good test.
"We're all aiming for August 14 and it's going really well."