SHANE Cansdell-Sheriff says competition for places is healthy for Burton Albion, writes Tom Sloan.
The 31-year-old centre-half faces a battle for his shirt this season from the promising George Taft.
But it is a scrap the Australian summer signing – who was on loan with the club last season – is relishing.
"Competition is healthy for a side, and it keeps me on my toes," said the former Tranmere, Shrewsbury and Preston man.
"It keeps everyone on their toes.
"You need to keep working hard and then you go forward as a team.
"I believe in myself and I believe in my position, and if I keep working hard I can make it mine. It's down to me."
Last season, Cansdell-Sherriff and Ian Sharps renewed the partnership which was the launch pad for Shrewsbury's promotion in 2011-12.
They were similarly vital for the Brewers as they reached Wembley before losing 1-0 to Fleetwood Town, with Sharps suspended for the big day out.
But Cansdell-Sherriff (pictured), who overcame a nasty Achilles problem to play in the final, says that whoever features at the back this season will do a good job for Albion.
He believes other partnerships can be fruitful for the club, whether they involve himself, Sharps, George Taft or Liam Slade.
"Me and Sharpsy have a good understanding and have always played well together," said the Sydney-born defender.
"But you can see I played with Tafty in pre-season and Tafty played with Sharpsy, I played with Sladey as well and we've all been quite good together, the four of us. It's great.
"Me and Sharpsy need people to keep us going and pushing us and we can teach the young lads.
"We've got experience, but it all comes down to performance, regardless of experience.
"Whoever performs on Saturdays and in training in the week will get selected."