Steve Haslam happy to be Mr Reliable

Steve Hasslam gets to grips with a Walsall striker. Picture by FRANK REID

Steve Hasslam gets to grips with a Walsall striker. Picture by FRANK REID

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STEVE Haslam is more than happy to be Hartlepool United’s Mr Reliable again next season.

The versatile Yorkshireman appeared in each of the back-four berths last term, as well as anchoring in the centre of midfield.

But far from bemoan his often sporadic utilisation, Haslam sees his adaptability as a strength and told SportMail that every squad needs a player of his ilk.

“I see it as a good thing to be honest – I would rather be Mr Reliable than Mr Unreliable,” he replied when asked if that versatility prevented him from nailing down a regular starting spot.

“I played more than 30 games last season and had a good run in the side during the second half of the season especially.

“It’s a valuable asset to be able to play in different positions and every squad needs players who can fill in at a second’s notice.

“If I’m playing well in a certain position then I’m sure the manager will keep me in the side, that’s the same for any player.

“We all want to play as much as possible and I take great pride in my own game.

“I’m 31 but I’m still learning and you are always open to improvement and getting the very best out of yourself.”

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