Bournemouth captain Simon Francis says playing at centre-back rather than right-back could extend his career by two or three years.

Francis revelling in central role

Francis revelling in central role

The 31-year-old stepped in centrally last season when Tommy Elphick was ruled out through injury and the established full-back impressed in the role.

He has since gone on to become a regular at centre-back and admits he enjoys the position, saying it is less intense than operating out wide and it can help him play for longer.

He told the Daily Echo: "I think moving position would definitely give my playing career an extra two or three years, just because of the output on the body.

"At right-back it is hard work. I've done it for 12 years now and having moved to centre-half, your body almost instantly feels better. The recovery time is quicker. That's not to say I didn't enjoy playing right-back, I loved every minute of it and if I played there again I would still love it.

"But moving to centre-half has certainly helped me fitness-wise. I definitely picked up more niggles and knocks playing right-back because it's so much more intense over 90 minutes because you are constantly up and down."

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