Ryan Woods relishing role reversals at Town

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Creative star Ryan Woods is up for the challenge of occupying various midfield roles as Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon begins to tinker with his formation.

The 20-year-old schemer has been in fantastic form this season and has impressed with his accurate passing and ability to find space.

Woods has often found himself in the centre of a midfield three this season but played at the base of a diamond in the FA Cup games against Preston last weekend and Walsall.

And the youth graduate is happy to play wherever the boss tells him to.

"You have got to be comfortable playing anywhere and as long as I get on the ball then I'm happy," he said..

"I feel equally comfortable sitting deep as I do playing as part of a flat midfield four. You have got to be versatile anyway, especially as a midfield player, you have got to be able to play lots of positions.

"Look at me last season. I played right-back and a whole host of positions so I'm pretty comfortable wherever."

Not for the first time this season, Woods was described as "the best player on the park" by Mellon following his performance at Deepdale last Saturday.

But the man nicknamed 'Ginger Pirlo' by fans isn't getting carried away.


"It's obviously nice to hear the manager say those things but I just try to do my best in every game," said Woods. "I have just got to keep pushing forward now and see where it goes."

Meanwhile, Mellon has revealed his team will continue to mix things up by playing diagonal balls over the top as well as the passing football that has won them praise.

He said: "Playing that diagonal ball makes the opposition defence play a little bit deeper. That gives the likes of Woods, Wesolowski and Lawrence more space."

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