Adam McGurk: My best Pompey position

Adam McGurk. Picture: Tommy McMillan
Adam McGurk. Picture: Tommy McMillan
  • McGurk scored seven goals in 41 games for Burton last season
  • Started his career at Aston Villa before quitting the game
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Adam McGurk insists he is ready to play anywhere to aid Pompey’s promotion aspirations.

Yet the 26-year-old concedes he doesn’t score enough goals to warrant a regular striking spot.

For Burton I switched, there were some games on the left wing, some up front, some in the hole, it was literally game-to-game, never a set position

Adam McGurk

The former Aston Villa trainee is capable of playing in a number of attacking positions.

Last term for League Two champions Burton Albion, McGurk alternated between occupying the left wing and partnering Stuart Beavon in a two-pronged attack.

It is that versatility which helped clinch a summer switch to Pompey on a two-year deal.

McGurk will once again be in Paul Cook’s squad for tonight’s visit of Coventry City in a match staged at Westleigh Park (7.30pm).

Although quite which role he will serve continues to remain open to debate.

He said: ‘I wish I knew my best position, anywhere in the top four, in the hole or as a striker.

‘Where I want to play is something me and the gaffer have discussed and I actually don’t know! I would play anywhere really.

‘I haven’t been in a set position for a number of years now.

‘I will probably say I am best in one of the attacking three positions which is left, right or in the hole.

‘I haven’t scored enough goals as the main striker and that is the main reason why I wouldn’t play there.

‘For Burton I switched, there were some games on the left wing, some up front, some in the hole, it was literally game-to-game, never a set position.

‘I cannot say I am a striker because I have probably played only half of my games in a season there. As a pair, last year Beavon played up predominantly with me dropping in behind him.

‘But I imagine I will probably end up playing as part of that attacking midfield three.

‘Wherever the manager wants to play me I’ll play. If it’s centre half he wants me to do a job then I will do a job.

‘You don’t really care where you are playing, you are trying to get promotion for the team.’

McGurk made his Pompey bow as a half-time substitute at Bognor on Friday night.

The following day at Privett Park he featured for 26 minutes in the trip to Gosport.

For tonight’s clash with League One side Coventry, Adam Barton (groin) is out, while Gary Roberts (knee) has made good progress but may not be risked.

Johnny Ertl is out of favour and finalising his exit, with James Dunne nursing an ankle knock picked up in training last week in addition to his partner giving birth.

As for McGurk, he is hoping to impress.

He added: ‘I like to get on the ball, be creative, do things a little bit differently and work hard for the team.

‘Also to try to score goals if I can. Best not to talk too much, though, obviously you want to do your talking on the pitch!’