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"It's been very challenging for me personally as it's tough mentally when you don't know about your future." Coventry City's Adam Barton

9 February 2015

The Sky Blues midfielder is also keen to keep his place in the side after completing 90 minutes on Saturday - his first start since Boxing Day...

Coventry City midfielder Adam Barton has admitted that this season has been a "rollercoaster" from a personal perspective.

Barton has made 15 appearances but his future looked to lie elsewhere at the start of the season.

The midfielder maintained his professionalism despite doubts over his Sky Blues future and eventually regained his place in the squad, starting for the first time since Boxing Day against Preston on Saturday.

The 24-year old said that his time in and out of the side has been tough mentally but he aims to retain his professionalism whether he is on the bench or in the first XI.

"Personally it has been a rollercoaster of a season," Barton said.

"Sometimes I haven't known what I'm doing, then sometimes I'm in the team feeling good.

"It's been very challenging for me personally as it's tough mentally when you don't know about your future.

"But either way I can't let that show in my professional side. If I'm not picked I have to remain professional, I'm paid to do play football which I enjoy, and if you approach it professionally you will get chances eventually.

"I used to feel pressure when I was out of side when I got occasional chances but then it hit me, why should I care what people think, it's only important to the manager and myself."

With 90 minutes against Preston under his belt, Barton is hoping that he can build on that and keep his place in the side until the end of the campaign.

Injuries to defenders mean that Barton, who has played centre-back before, could end up at the heart of the defence, but he admitted that he prefers his central midfield role where he is currently enjoying sitting alongside John Fleck.

Barton added: "At the moment we're playing with two holding midfielders to get us playing and give us a bit of cover. I enjoy it, it's good to play with Flecky and it's where I enjoy playing.

"I'd like to keep my position, to try and help get us playing in the middle. 

"I have actually played centre-back before, but it's safe to say I'm not going to be like every other centre-back in League One who heads everything. I'd probably chest it down or something! But even though we're down to the bare bones I don't think I'll be needed there, I like playing in the middle and helping us play."

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