Parr doesn’t want to get stuck with ‘utility man’ tag

Jonathan Parr in action for Ipswich Town. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Jonathan Parr in action for Ipswich Town. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Jonathan Parr doesn’t want to become stuck with the ‘Mr Versatile’ tag at Ipswich Town.

The 26-year-old Norwegian has been a specialist left-back for the vast majority of his career but his two-footed and attack-minded play has seen him become a utility man during his debut campaign at Portman Road.

Earlier in the season he was used at both left-back and right-back, while more recently he has earned plaudits for his purposeful displays on the left and right of midfield. It’s meant he’s come in and out of the side, his 21 starts spread out over a stop-start season.

“It’s okay,” said Parr, when asked about his new midfield role. “I played that when I was younger, so I know the position well.

“I’ve been playing full-back in recent years, but the gaffer (Mick McCarthy) picks the team that he thinks can do well and if that means me playing in midfield then that’s fine. It is a bit more fun to play further forward. I’m enjoying it. It’s been good.”

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With a number of sloppy goals having been conceded in 2015, there have been growing calls from supporters for Parr to return to his favoured full-back role to enable skipper Luke Chambers to operate in his favoured position of centre-back.

Asked if being labelled versatile had its draw backs, Parr replied: “It can be a really good thing or a bit of a bad thing.

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“It’s good to have one position that’s your main position, but if I have to play a different position for a couple of games then it’s no problem. As I say, the gaffer has to pick the team that he thinks will do best and if that’s me playing in midfield then I’m fine with that.

“I’ve played left-back, right-back, left-midfield, right midfield. I was left-footed as a kid, but now I’m comfortable on either. I think the manager may still be wondering whether I’m left-footed or right-footed!”

With Town seventh in the Championship table heading into their final eight matches, Parr added: “We all just want to do well and perform well. I’ll do my best wherever I play.”

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