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Joe Anyon

6 July 2012

Keeper looking to claim the number 1 spot

Joe Anyon is the latest of Shrewsbury Town's new recruits to join the club after being named player of the year by their former employers.

Defender Darren Jones swept the board last term at Aldershot, midfielder Rob Purdie was voted the fans' favourite at Hereford and goalkeeper Anyon walked off with the player of the year silverware at Lincoln last season.

It was a fitting way for Anyon to close his two years at Sincil Bank and now he's delighted to have been given the chance by Shrewsbury to make the step up from the Blue Square Premier with the Imps to League One.

Anyon is no stranger to this level having made more than a century of appearances for Port Vale before joining Lincoln where he experienced the misery of relegation from the Football League.

Anyon, 25, said: "Lincoln dropped out of the League the year before last and the Conference isn't where I want to be.

"I've been given a chance to go back into League One where I played with Port Vale and I just want to grab it with both hands and push on.

"My first year at Lincoln was stop-start but the second year I got player of the year so it was a good year for me. I finished on a positive, finished on a high and I just want to bring that level of performance here."

Anyon said he had been speaking to Shrewsbury for the last couple of weeks and was just pleased to get his future resolved in time for the start of pre-season.

He added: "There was interest elsewhere but with the way the club's going and speaking to the manager and what he's saying it's obviously a club going places and I want to be part of that which is why I signed."

He's now relishing the chance to battle it out with the experienced Chris Weale, for whom he has a healthy respect, with the race on to secure the No 1 spot at the Greenhous Meadow.

"I've not come here to sit on the bench," said Anyon. "I've come here to give it my all and even if Chris does start the season it doesn't mean that I'm going to settle for second best.

"I'll be working hard every day in training to get that No 1 shirt."

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