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Chris Weale

6 July 2012

Looking forward to new challenge at the Greenhous Meadow.

New signing Chris Weale has revealed it was Shrewsbury Town's determination to want to sign him that convinced him to take up a new challenge at the Greenhous Meadow.

The 30-year-old had spent the last three seasons at Leicester City, clocking up 75 appearances in the Championship, before leaving the East Midlands club at the end of last season.

A number of clubs expressed an interest in signing the former Yeovil and Bristol City man but the persuasive powers of Graham Turner won the day.

"It was more or less a mutual decision that I left Leicester because I need to play football," said Weale. "There was no point me sitting there on the bench in the Championship hoping a chance would come.

"I need to play and get out and show what I can do. Hopefully it's a platform to do that here."

Yeovil-born Weale added: "When you're wanted by a club, and it's very aware that they wanted me, it makes the decision very easy.

"When people are umming and arring and not 100 per cent sure of what's happening there's uncertainty for you.

"As soon as somebody phones you up and says, 'look, we want you, you're top of our list and we know what you can do' then it fills you with confidence and you don't want to look elsewhere.

"I was very impressed with everything I heard from the moment I spoke to Shrewsbury. I've worked with Graham and John Trewick before at Hereford.

"I know what they're about and I know that they're successful people. I'm very happy to be on board."

Weale, looking forward to working with the club's goalkeeping coach Gavin Ward, a fellow former Leicester No 1, is relishing the competition from fellow new boy Joe Anyon.

And he stressed he's excited about the season ahead, insisting: "I'm probably the most excited I've been in a pre-season so far in my career."

An extended interview with Chris Weale talking to Stuart Dunn is available at Shrews Player. 

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