LUKE Haines is set to play as a centre-half this season for Hereford FC.

The 21-year-old who started at Swindon Town also played as a defensive midfielder last season.

However, Bulls' manager Josh Gowling says he sees Haines as a centre-half this season.


"Luke is going to be a centre-half this year," said Gowling.

"I feel with Luke last year he would do well for large spells of the game for 60 or 70 minutes and then blow up.

"So we're looking at his gas tank a little bit further back.

"He's nasty, he'll roll his sleeves up, get stuck in and put a tackle in.

" He will win his headers and he wants to win. He's a winner. When things aren't going well he will get everybody going.

"Luke is quality and he reads the game well. He is good in the air and I think that is one of the areas where we can improve is aerially.

"Luke brings that and Zak (Lilly) is excellent in the air as well."

Former AFC Telford United defender Zak Lilly joined the Bulls in the summer and is set to partner Haines in the centre-half role.

"They get on well and did well again today (against Arsenal) and have a good partnership together," added Gowling.

"They are both really comfortable on the ball which is the good thing.

"We do need another centre-half we are going to bring in of course because we've only got two in the squad at the moment.

"I think there is a different feel to the squad this year mentality wise and I don't think we're as young which helps.

"I think we've got more of a winning mentality this year which is pleasing."