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Football: Defence for Delaney.

ASTON VILLA defender Mark Delaney has his heart set on playing centre-half for club and country.

The former Cardiff striker, who has won his place back in the Villa side under new boss David O'Leary,could find himself used in defence in Wales'Euro 2004 qualifier with Serbia and Montenegro.

And that would delight the 27-year-old when he wins his 22ndcap.

Delaney, who has overcome a serious knee injury, said: ``My own form and fitness is coming back. I have had an operation and recovered well.

``Rob Edwards is breathing down my neck,putting pressure on me at full-back for Villa as well as Wales. But I can play at centre back.

``I played there until I was 21. It is not foreign to me and I would like to play there a gain. But that is up to Mark Hughes and David O'Leary.''
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 10, 2003
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