TYREIK Wright returns to Valley Parade primarily as a wing-back in Graham Alexander’s eyes.

The City boss sees Wright as the perfect fit for the role he made his own during the team’s winning finish to last season.

Alexander is delighted with the flexibility that Wright can offer in his third spell at the club after signing permanently from Plymouth yesterday for an undisclosed fee.

But wing-back is where he sees the 22-year-old as the biggest threat.

“It’s a position that really suits his attributes and how we want to play,” said Alexander.

“I was really upfront with Tyreik from the start of our discussions with him.

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“I wanted him to come back and I wanted to use his attributes in the position where he had finished the season more often than not.

“But that’s not ruling out where he can be used elsewhere on the pitch.

“He played in a front three and scored goals and played as a wing-back when we won a lot of games.

“We talk about the size of the squad and the adaptability of players being able to play a few positions. That allows us to be tactically fluid.

“No team stays the same all through a season ever. You always have tweaks tactically, injuries, and suspensions.

“Lewis Richards has come back in great shape from the summer. Clarke Oduor can play there as well.

“I like it that we’ve got two or three players that can fill maybe four or five positions between them.”

Wright, who scored four goals in 17 games under Mark Hughes in his first loan stint, came back in the mid-season window. He played 15 times and netted twice in City’s win at Accrington.

Alexander added: “When we re-signed him in January it was with a slightly different purpose.

“He was playing in the forward areas in the front three.

“He got his injury unfortunately, scored a couple of goals and then broke his toe. We kept that under wraps publicly, but it definitely affected his movement because he’s a dynamic guy.

“We brought him back in the team in a change of position at left wing-back and I thought we saw a real positive threat.”

Tyreik Wright played wing-back in City's winning run-inTyreik Wright played wing-back in City's winning run-in (Image: Thomas Gadd)

City have been working on getting a new deal done with Wright since the last ball was kicked.

There were other clubs showing an interest but Alexander sensed from the start that the Irishman was keen to make another comeback.

“We have had competition as you would expect for a player of his quality. But he had his mind made up quite early.

“I had a conversation with him straight away at the end of the season and reiterated how much I like him as a player and a character.

“I told him how much we could progress his career. But obviously we weren’t in charge because we weren’t his parent club.

“I said we would try everything to get him back and that’s been a long-running process.

“It was always positive from Tyreik. He said it from the end of last season and during the summer.

“I had another conversation with him five days ago and he was ultra-positive. He’s delighted that this is happening.

“The timing of it is very good because he’s only missed four days of pre-season.”