The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Thomas McIl­roy

ALEX LAWLESS is making a strong claim for a reg­u­lar spot at right-back for Lu­ton Town, but man­ager John Still is not will­ing to pin him down just yet.

Lawless has been en­gaged in a bat­tle with Sean Long for a start­ing berth at full-back in re­cent weeks, im­press­ing for the Hat­ters.

How­ever, Still has not for­got­ten what the 30-year-old can of­fer else­where as he looks to max­imise the for­mer York City man’s util­ity.

“We’ve al­ways been aware that Alex can play in that po­si­tion,” said the man­ager. “We’re aware he can play wide right, wide left and as a cen­tral mid­field player.

“Does that do him any favours? Some peo­ple might say yes, some peo­ple might say no – I’m a yes. It’s a fan­tas­tic thing to have.

“Since I’ve been here he’s played a lot of games and his ver­sa­til­ity, I think, is a plus, I really do.

“When he’s been prop­erly fit, Alex has been a good player wher­ever he’s played, so I don’t really have any doubts with that.”

VER­SA­TILE: Alex Lawless

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