SCOTT Malone says he wants to firmly establish himself as Millwall's first-choice left-back this season.
The 21-year-old, signed from Bournemouth in the summer, played on the wing against Blackpool on the opening day of the Championship season but says he feels more comfortable in defence.
Malone scored his first Lions goal in the 2-1 win at Peterborough last month and provided the assist for Andy Keogh's second goal against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
And the former Wolves trainee believes he is adjusting to Championship football after spending his formative years in the lower leagues.
"It's definitely been a step up from League One and League Two," he told Lions Live.
"The pace is much faster and players are quicker and stronger too. I think the Blackpool game was a bit of an eye-opener for me.
"I've played both in midfield and at left-back throughout my career. I don't think any of my previous managers stuck with one position for me and the gaffer's done that here to start with.
"But I do see myself as a left-back; I think you saw against Blackpool on the opening day that I didn't look comfortable on the wing.
"That could also have been because it was my first game in the Championship and I came away from that game a little disheartened.
"But a few of my family members said I was up against one of the best teams in the division and since then I feel I've improved."