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Purdie Jumped At Chance

5 July 2012

Hereford's player of the year pleased to be at Town

Rob Purdie, Hereford United's player of the year last season, is pleased to be reunited with Graham Turner once again after making the move up the A49.


The utility man, who had two spells at Edgar Street, has plenty of respect for the Shrewsbury Town manager and is excited at the prospect of playing League One football for the first time.


He thought that was set to happen when he joined Oldham Athletic earlier in his career only for Purdie to have the huge misfortune to suffer a serious injury on the first day of pre-season training with the Boundary Park club.


"It's good to work with the manager again as obviously I know him very well from Hereford and he knows me well," said Purdie.


"I jumped at the chance to get the chance to play in League One as it got taken away from me at Oldham."


Leicester-born Purdie, 29, is determined to make the most of his chance to shine and has promised to give every last drop of effort to impress at Shrewsbury.


"I'm the type of player who will do my job, do what I'm told and I'll work hard," he said. "I'm honest and off the pitch I'm exactly the same.


"When managers get to know me and get to have me play for them I think they understand that."


As for his best position, the versatile Purdie is happy to play anywhere.


"I lost probably having a best position five or six years ago," he said. "Last season I played in every position I think apart from goalkeeper.


"I can play left back, right back, either side of midfield, central midfield, even just behind a striker.


"But as long as I train hard I just want to play. You'll get the same effort from me wherever I play. I'm not really looking for one position at the moment.


"I know if I come in and play well then I'll get one - and when I do get one I'll put 100 per cent effort into it."


Purdie has quickly got stuck into the fitness work his new team mates on the first day of pre-season training, admitting he's looking forward to getting to know them better.


"I'm excited but it's not very nice being the new kid," he added. "You walk into the dressing room and don't know everyone by name.


"I know a couple of the lads from Oldham, Reuben Hazell and Joe Jacobson, so it's always nice to sit down with somebody you know.


"After a couple of days I'll know everyone else and everyone will be having the banter, the crack, so it will be fine."

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