ANDY RITCHIE watched Andy Holdsworth net twice to help Town finish a tough League I campaign on a happy note then predicted: "His future is in midfield".
The Academy product from Pontefract has played the vast majority of his 173 first-team games at right-back.
But Holdsworth, who recently signed a new two-year contract, has been moved up into midfield, the position he played for Town's youth team, by Ritchie.
And the Town manager likes what he has seen so far.
"Andy is a great passer of the ball, he has vision and awareness of what those around him are doing, and he seems to be getting a knack for scoring goals," said Ritchie.
"The first against Orient was a neat header and the second a super strike, and I certainly see him as a midfielder."
Ritchie asked his side to finish with a positive display in front of their own fans and was pleased with the bulk of a display which brought a final placing of 15th.
"I wanted us to put on a bit of a show and in the first half, we did that," he said after a game watched by 10,842.
"We played some measured football and scored three good goals.
"I'd imagine Martin Ling (Orient's manager) had some choice words for his side at half-time and they matched us up in the second half.
"That's a compliment, but it also poses a test, because you have to think about your game a bit more.
"My only real complaint was that there were some spells where we didn't do that, and as a result, we huffed and puffed a bit during the second half.
"We could have scored a few more - Luke Beckett missed a couple that he would usually put away without any trouble - but overall I'm pleased.
"The players have responded to me very well - they have been attentive and done everything asked of them - and we've finished the season fairly well."
Ritchie was due to receive final confirmation of his summer budget today and will then start reshaping his squad.
Out-of-contract players will be told of their futures over the next couple of days while the manager already has signings in mind, with Barnsley's Antony Kay reported to be a possible target.