Cole inspires rookie defender

  • Last Updated: September 22 2012, 13:57 BST

Aberdeen's Josh Magennis has revealed how Ashley Cole has become his role model as he bids to make the most of his new role as a full-back.

Magennis: Inspired by Cole

Versatility has clearly always been an attribute of the 22-year-old, who spent much of his youth career as a goalkeeper before switching to playing as a striker.

He has re-invented himself once again, with Dons boss Craig Brown playing Magennis at right-back since the end of last season.

It is a position he is relishing and he has turned to clips of Chelsea and England star Cole, who plays on the opposite flank, for inspiration.

Magennis told RedTV: "I've been watching Ashley Cole because he's the type of player that I want to try to emulate.

"He gets forward a lot and he has to track back. Even though he plays on the left-hand side, it's the same sort of principles.

"He has been doing it regularly and consistently for club and country for at least 10 years now so that's who I want to build my foundations on.

"I've been watching him on the highlights and stuff.

"Even if I can get anywhere near a quarter as good as he is, at least I'm taking something on board."

On playing full-back, Magennis added: "I feel more comfortable because the game is in front of me and I'm able to dictate play with overlaps and what passes I'm picking.

"It's good for my football knowledge. I'm able to read the game better so it's a better position for me."

The Northern Irishman is just pleased to be a part of the manager's plans again following a spell on the sidelines earlier in the campaign.

He said: "I was disappointed not to be playing at the start of the season.

"But it's a long, long season so you've just got to make sure when your chance comes that you take it.

"I've been playing the last couple of weeks so hopefully on Sunday I'll get another game and be able to progress."

Next up for Aberdeen is the visit of a Motherwell side who have impressed so far and stood top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League heading into the weekend.

Magennis knows the Dons have to turn their draws into victories and he is looking forward to the challenge of the Steelmen at Pittodrie on Sunday.

He said: "It is a big test and most games in the SPL now are a test.

"But it would be good to get a win on Sunday to show the fans that not only are we playing well but we can also score and win the game."