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Gardner: Play me anywhere

Craig Gardner will take a place at full-back this season if it means regular starts for Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland.

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Craig Gardner: Enjoying pre-season regime

Craig Gardner: Enjoying pre-season regime

A midfielder by trade, Gardner was occasionally deployed at right-back under Martin O'Neill and was used there by Di Canio as Sunderland were beaten by Manchester City in the final of the Asia Cup.

And the 26-year-old, who has bought into the manager's work ethic in pre-season, responded with two goal-line clearances in Hong Kong.

He said: "I just want to play as many games as I can this season, no matter what position it is.

"I would rather play anywhere than be on the bench. I am playing in pre-season. I have played four full games and I am enjoying it.

"It (pre-season) is tough, I admit it. But it is a good tough because training is hard.

"I am a firm believer that the attitude to training should be the same as it is in life generally.

"If you work hard in life you get a good life. That is what we are doing as far as training is concerned, so hopefully we will have a good season."

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