Bristol City fans have yet to see the best of me says new-boy Brendan Moloney
New-boy Brendan Moloney says Bristol City fans have yet to see the best of him.
Recruited on a free transfer form Nottingham Forest last week, the 24-year-old Irishman made an impressive debut in Saturday's 2-1 home win over Ipswich Town.
Steady in defence, he demonstrated the positional sense required by any right-back in the Championship and did enough to warrant keeping his place in tonight's npower Championship clash against Watford.
But City fans also glimpsed another, more adventurous side to his game, the right-back embarking upon a number of forward runs that took him to the edge of the opposition penalty area.
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And Moloney promises there is more of that to come in the weeks and months ahead as he settles into his new environment and regains his match sharpness.
He told The Post: "I've filled in in a number of other roles, but right-back is my best position.
"As a right-back, I realise that defending is my priority and that always comes first.
"But I do like to get forward whenever I can and put balls into the opposition penalty area and, when the opportunity arises, I go for it.
"I think the fans will see me do that more often as I play more games and get fitter. I have not played much in the last couple of months and I got a bit of cramp towards the end of the game on Saturday.
"It got to the point where I thought I'd better not go forward too much in case I was not able to get back."
All but one of the Irishman's 13 appearances for Forest this season came while Sean O'Driscoll was in charge at the City Ground. Not surprisingly, Moloney jumped at the chance to become O'Driscoll's first signing since taki8ng up the post of head coach at Ashton Gate.
He recalled: "Sean came in at the start of pre-season and picked me for most of the friendly games in the summer. I was in the starting line-up for the first game of the season against Bristol City and things just went from there.
"Obviously, different managers have different ideas and Alex McLeish saw things differently when he arrived. As soon as I heard there was a chance of joining Bristol City, I could not wait to get down here.
"It helps when a manager rates you and is prepared to show faith in you. Sean has shown he trusts me and that can only give you more confidence to go out and perform at your best."