LLOYD Kelly has admitted that he’s pleased to have “nailed down” the centre-back position after operating as a full-back for much of his development.

The former Bristol City academy product emerged in BS3 as a left-back before moving centrally following his transfer to Cherries.

He’s made an imperious partnership with experienced Gary Cahill that saw him pick up a nomination for the Championship’s October player of the month award.

Although he was pipped to that post by Fulham’s Aleksander Mitrovic, who just sent Serbia to the World Cup with a late headed winner versus Portugal on Sunday, the nomination was recognition enough for the stable force Kelly has become.

And speaking to the Daily Echo, Kelly revealed that he thinks settling in one position has improved his game.

He said: “Yeah I think so, it’s good to have that adaptability but at the same time this season I have nailed down (centre-back).

“That’s what I wanted to do this season. When the gaffer came in we spoke and they see me as a centre-half and I see myself a centre-half, so from then on it has been a good partnership and we’ve just been working week-in week-out on how to get better.

“I’m pretty sure that will continue now until the end of the season.”