FORMER Premier League full-back Carl Serrant believes Will Evans has the qualities to be a huge hit down the left for Newport County AFC after a pre-season conversion.
The 25-year-old from mid-Wales was signed by the Exiles from Bala on a two-year deal this summer after catching the eye in the Cymru Premier.
Evans arrived primarily as a forward but has operated as a left wing-back so far in his County career after being given League Two starts against Sutton and Walsall.
With the Exiles opting to play in a 3-5-2 system so far this season, assistant manager Serrant believes the Wales C international has the tools to grow into his new role.
"James [Rowberry, manager] spotted it early doors and said to Will that he fancied him in that position," said the coach, who played for Oldham and Newcastle until a serious knee injury forced his early retirement.
"Will is of good stature – similar to a left-footed Cameron Norman – and he is calm with the pace and endurance to run up and down throughout the game.
"He has real determination and the attacking qualities that you want from a wing-back in modern football.
"Will is still learning the position and it will take a bit of time but he has started on a good footing and I do think he has got the chance of having a really good career as a left wing-back."
Evans is also likely to play other roles this season with his versatility a boost for a County squad that currently has serious competition for starts.
His inclusion has meant that Aaron Lewis, who is in his third season at Rodney Parade, and Adam Lewis, who signed on loan from Liverpool this summer, have had to settle for spots on the bench in League Two.
They were among the eight players brought into the XI for Tuesday's Carabao Cup upset of Luton to give Rowberry food for thought ahead of Saturday's clash at Bradford.
"We are doubling up in all positions," said Serrant. "We executed that plan very well in the transfer window and training has been really good, so it was nice to reinforce that at Luton."