Versatility key for Hingert

Brisbane Roar’s Jack Hingert is hoping his versatility on the football pitch is the key to unlocking more game time in the upcoming Hyundai A-League campaign.

Brisbane Roar-s Jack Hingert is hoping his versatility on the football pitch is the key to unlocking more game time in the upcoming Hyundai A-League campaign.

The day after his club-s strong showing against Brisbane Olympic - a game that ended 5-0 in favour of the visitors - in their first pre-season outing of the year, the English-born defender said he was pleased with his 45 minute stint.

It also marked a return from injury for Hingert, who missed the 2012 Grand Final after hurting his ankle in the first leg of the Hyundai A-League major semi-final against Central Coast Mariners in April.

“It was the first hit-out for the pre-season so as a group, we were all buzzing to get a run,” he said.

“For me, I was especially keen as it was my first bit of game time since recovering from my ankle injury.

“I was really happy with it and I thought we kept the ball well and created quite a few opportunities.”

Since arriving at the club in July 2011, Hingert has seen his appearances in orange limited to cameos with the combination of injuries and a regular Roar starting eleven proving unlucky for the 21-year-old.

However, he showed no signs of discomfort in a solid performance against Olympic, playing in both the right-back and left-back positions after Shane Stefanutto sustained a minor injury.

With his performance in mind, the former North Queensland Fury youngster is eager to further prove his worth - and is confident he can do it from a number of different positions.

“Full-back is my main position but I can play a number of positions and obviously in this team, we all like playing a little bit further forward to get a chance in front of goal!” he said.

“I think my best position is as a full-back, either side although I do like playing on the left.

“It-s a good thing for me if the coach knows I can play in a number of positions and that I-m versatile and can adapt to different game plans.

“I always want to be improving each season, skills-wise as a player and also in the game time that I get.

“Hopefully I can stay injury free this year so I have no excuses and I definitely want to play as much as I can, I want to play every week so that-s my goal for the season.”