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Heitinga will fight for place

Everton defender John Heitinga is determined to stay and fight for a place in David Moyes' first-team following his FA Cup heroics.

Last Updated: 28/01/13 at 18:31 Post Comment

John Heitinga: Determined to stay and fight for place at Everton

John Heitinga: Determined to stay and fight for place at Everton

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The Netherlands international netted a late winner in the 2-1 fourth-round triumph at Bolton on Saturday to keep Everton's cup hopes alive.

Heitinga has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park during this month's transfer window after finding regular playing time limited this campaign, taking a back seat to Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin.

But it is thought Moyes is keen to keep his squad intact and 29-year-old Heitinga, voted the club's player of the season last term, is keen to stay and battle for a place.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I'm working hard to get my place back in the team and I'm a fighter so I'll never give up.

"If the manager makes another decision and doesn't put me in the team that's his decision, and the only thing I can do is focus on the time I do get. Hopefully I can show everybody that I'm still the same person that I was last season.

"The most important thing as a player is that you believe in yourself and give everything you have, then the rest follows.

"The team is performing really well this season, but as a player you need a couple of games to get back at your level. I've spoken to the manager - he's happy with me and I'm happy with Everton."

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