Football: Hartson aims to get tough again

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JOHN HARTSON has vowed to return to his aggressive old ways in an attempt to recapture his best form. The pounds 7.5m striker is hoping that his move to Wimbledon to will put his career back on track after a poor first half to the season.

Hartson believes a get-tough policy is the right way for him to re-establish himself as one of the best front men in the Premiership. "Now I'm at Wimbledon, I want to get back to my best, putting myself about," the former West Ham striker said. "I think that in the past, when I was getting booked a lot and I was flying around, that was when I was at my best. When I haven't been putting myself about, I haven't been at my best because I'm not the same player. Aggression is a big part of my game and I'm not going to lose that."

It seems that Hartson and his Welsh international team-mates will, after all, have the chance to play Denmark in Cardiff. The last obstacle has been removed to Wales' desire to switch the European Championship qualifier against the Danes on 9 June from Anfield, Liverpool, to Ninian Park. The Danish football association has confirmed that it is unlikely to object.

When Wales played Italy at Anfield in September, it proved a financial success, with 23,000 watching and television revenue boosting income. However, it was Ninian Park passion that helped to beat Belarus in October, and the players want to perform there again.

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