Houston Aiming To Be Midfield Marvel

ImageJohn Houston admits he is enjoying life out on the wing after his try-scoring feat at Leinster on Friday night but the Edinburgh rookie revealed that he is harbouring a dream of establishing himself as a midfield force.

The former Heriot's player has enjoyed a phenomenally successful start to his professional career; scoring three tries in his opening 11 matches in the black and red.

Now he is aiming to continue his purple patch with another score in the return Heineken Cup match against Leinster at Murrayfield on Saturday (15 December, kick off 3.30pm).

But the 24-year-old claims he would prefer to make his mark with the number 12 on his back as opposed to playing in the back-three " even though he says featuring on the wing leaves him less battered and bruised.

Houston said: "I have enjoyed playing out on the wing, but I would much prefer to play in the middle of the pitch. I have played a lot of rugby at 13, but I think I"m probably more suited to 12. I am targeting a place there at the moment.

'there have been quite a few positional changes so far this season and nobody has yet held down the 12 jersey. So I need to get a few games there to show what I can do.

"I would say I"m quite a physical player. I enjoy setting up the platform from first phase. But then I also enjoy open running which you do tend to get a lot more of on the wing.

"I also love the defensive duties of 12; it is quite different to being on the wing. You can't walk on a Monday if you have played 12 while after playing on the wing you feel a lot fresher come the start of the week."

After the whirlwind start to his Edinburgh career, Houston refuses to get carried away with his initial success and acknowledges he needs to train at full tilt in order to retain his spot in the match 22.

He added: "It suppose it has been a bit of a strange start, but I don't want to rest on my laurels; I need to keep performing. It is really hard to get in the squad every week, so I intend to keep training hard, keep my head down and keep working.

"I came on as a sub in our last Heineken Cup match against Toulouse at Murrayfield. There aren't always many chances that come your way, so it is all about putting your hand up when it does and fortunately I did in that game.

"It would be brilliant to be able to repeat that in front of a big crowd at the national stadium against Leinster."