BATTLING Buddie David Barron last night warned his team-mate Graham Carey that the gloves are off in the fight to nail down the left-back slot at St Mirren Park.
The departure of Jeroen Tesselaar to SPL rivals Kilmarnock has left Saints with a gap to fill at left-back ... with Barron and Carey both being tipped for the job.
And Barron has revealed that he has already had a “polite discussion” with Carey as they both aim to convince gaffer Danny Lennon that they are up to the task.
The 24-year-old defender told Express Sports: “The manager hasn’t really spoken to me or Graham about who will play at left-back but we’ve had a chat about it between ourselves.
“It’s just been a little bit of banter because it’s probably going to be one or the other.
“Hopefully. it’ll be me and not him!”
Some fans may reckon that 23-year-old Carey holds the advantage as he is naturally left-sided, while Barron is more comfortable at right-back.
However, versatile Barron insists he can fill Tesselaar’s boots if called upon by Lennon.
He said: “I’m prepared to play anywhere, to be honest.
“I played at left-back for almost a full season a few years back and I have filled in there now and then more recently.
“Playing at left-back would not be a problem but I would maybe have to work on my left foot again because it does sometimes feel unnatural playing there.
“The more games I play, the more natural it becomes. You get used to it.
“If it’s a case of needs must, then I’ll help out wherever I can.”
Barron also reckons the pre-season games will give Lennon the chance to work out who will be his preferred choice at left-back.
And he hasn’t ruled out the possibility that the gaffer will bring in a new recruit to fill that role, despite the current cash crisis which has swamped the SPL.
Barron said: “You always want to catch the manager’s eye in pre-season so that you are in his thoughts at the start of the campaign.
“Whether it be at left-back or anywhere else, the plan is to show him that I’m fit, keen and ready to go.
“We haven’t brought in a left-back to replace Jeroen yet and, if no-one else comes in, then it’ll probably be between me and Graham.”