AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis believes his change of position will elongate his career.
Due in part to the injury of former captain Tommy Elphick, Francis filled in as a centre back from his more familiar role of right back during the Cherries first Premier League season in 2015/16.
Overall he impressed and following Elphick’s return from injury, Francis held on to his new role at centre back, only reverting back to right back following an injury to Adam Smith.
This form has in the main continued this season, with Francis not only taking Elphick’s role on the pitch permanently, but also as captain following his departure to Aston Villa.
Francis believes that the move from right back to centre back will also help him play well into his 30’s.
Francis told the Daily Echo…
‘I think moving position would definitely give my playing career an extra two or three years, just because of the output on the body.
‘At right-back it is hard work. I’ve done it for 12 years now and having moved to centre-half, your body almost instantly feels better.
‘The recovery time is quicker. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy playing right-back, I loved every minute of it and if I played there again I would still love it.
‘But moving to centre-half has certainly helped me fitness-wise. I definitely picked up more niggles and knocks playing right-back because it’s so much more intense over 90 minutes because you are constantly up and down.
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