ANTHONY Gardner is bidding to put on the style as he attempts to return to the Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday.
The former Spurs centre half does not dispute his reputation for being a cultured defender who can help to build play from the back.
And the 6ft 5in centre-back believes he and the Owls will be well suited under the cohesive style of play favoured by Dave Jones.
“I’ve grown up playing that way,” he told The Star. “I’ve always liked to play football.
“Obviously I like defending as well when I have to, but I’m someone who has always enjoyed playing the right way at the right time.
“When I was at Port Vale and Spurs, that was the way they did it; I was at Spurs for long time and that’s kind of stuck with me.”
But the 31-year-old who spent eight years at White Hart Lane and got into the England team knows that he can handle the physical side of the game as well and can thrive in the Championship, as evidenced at a Crystal Palace outfit who wanted to keep him.
“In the Championship it can be a bit faster and more physical, and in a sense that suits my style as well, with my physical attributes,” he added
The fact that he started out as a striker could help to explain his ability on the ball. “As a kid in the youth team at Port Vale I was a centre-forward, but when they were a bit short at the back I ended up playing there,” he said.
“I got into the team as a 17-year-old at centre-half.”
Gardner looks sure to be handed a key role in the Owls defence.