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Woodards relishing his changed role

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 06, 2013

Exeter City
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Former Exeter City right-back Danny Woodards insists he is happy to take on the role of Bristol Rovers' utility man for the remainder of the season.

Woodards earned last season's player-of-the-year award with a series of impressive displays as first-choice right-back, before his campaign was marred on the final day of the campaign when he broke his leg at Dagenham and Redbridge.

The former Chelsea trainee did not return to action until the middle of November – but the improving form of replacement Michael Smith has meant Woodards has played most of his football across the midfield since.

Woodards looks set to anchor the midfield again when Rovers take on Exeter at the Memorial Stadium tonight and he said: "I think I'm going to try for a record of playing in every position!

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"A few managers have used me as a utility player in my time and I think goalkeeper is the only position I haven't tried yet. It sometimes helps when you are able to fill an unfamiliar position when it is needed," he added. "I don't really mind where I play, I'm just happy to be out on the pitch making a contribution in a team that is winning games."

Woodards faces his former club at a time when they are in good form, and he said: "I know a couple of the lads from my time there.

"They are a decent team and I'm not surprised they are doing well, because Paul Tisdale is a really good manager.

"Where we are now, however, we feel like we can take on anyone and give them a good game."

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