IT’S been a good week for Huddersfield Town’s Kyle Dempsey.

The former Carlisle United man showed his versatility as he twice came off the bench to play key roles for David Wagner’s side.

Against Reading in the FA Cup third round, the 20-year-old was a straight swap for injured right-back Tommy Smith in the 27th minute.

Meanwhile against Charlton Athletic in the Championship, the £300,000 close-season signing replaced Joe Lolley on the hour and featured on the right of Town’s advanced three.

Dempsey joined as a midfielder, but has also played as a left-back for Town over the course of his 15 appearances (five starts).

However head coach David Wagner has indicated he sees the Cumbrian’s immediate future at right-back.

FA Cup 3rd Round - Huddersfield Town(2) v Reading (2) - Kyle Dempsey.

“I think a lot of people would have been surprised with me coming on at right-back against Reading,” he said.

“But I have played there for the Under 21s.

“The assistant manager gave (professional development coach) Frankie Bunn a call and said ‘we want to try Kyle at right-back’ and for weeks I’ve been playing there in and out.

“To be given the opportunity by the manager to express myself at right-back shows a lot of trust and I think I’ve done well for myself in that position.

“As a young player, coming on at right-back is a big responsibility. But he trusts in what I do and I want to repay him with good performances.”

Dempsey said Town deserved to beat Reading (the pair replay in Berkshire on Tuesday after a 2-2 draw) and added: “It took a bit of time for me to get into the game.

“But I thought as a team we coped very well. It was just unfortunate with the penalty decision not being given when Nahki Wells went down (under a challenge by keeper Ali Al-Habsi at a time when Town were winning 1-0).

“That was massive and if it had been given, we’d have run away with the game. Even when they went 2-1 up we were still in control and we should have really punished them.”

Getting used to life in the Championship has been a tough challenge for the midfielder, who has stepped up from League II football with Carlisle.

But former Wigan Warriors junior rugby league player Dempsey says the fourth tier is just as physical.

“I wouldn’t use the phrase ‘toughening up’ because there are some brutes in League II,” he added.

“I think as a player it’s making me a lot better than I was at Carlisle.

READ MORE: Jason Davidson ready to fight for Huddersfield Town left-back berth

READ MORE: Huddersfield Town v Fulham: The imminent return of Dean Whitehead and more to look out for

“As soon as I get an opportunity, even if it’s just 20 minutes, it’s minutes in the Championship and I think it will help to develop me more and more as the season goes on.”

The midfielder does feel that his versatility could have hindered his opportunities in the side but is happy to operate in different areas of the pitch.

“I’ll play in a wide variety of positions, I’m that sort of player. It helps me in some situations but in others it doesn’t,” he said.

“Sometimes I can be used as an impact player because I can play in numerous positions, whereas if I was playing in just one solid position I might get more chances in the side.

“I suppose it’s swings and roundabouts.”