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Winfield: "Getting 90 minutes was key"

19 September 2013

Dave Winfield ready to get back to first team action

Dave Winfield believes he is ready to be considered for first team action after completing 90 minutes for Shrewsbury Town's reserves yesterday.
 
Winfield, the summer signing from Wycombe Wanderers, came through the 0-0 Central League draw away to Tranmere Rovers with no problems.
 
It was his first full game of the season since picking up a hamstring injury just a few days before last month's League One opener against MK Dons.
 
Winfield, whose has returned to action ahead of schedule, has been an unused substitute for the last two matches at Crawley and Bristol City.
 
And now the central defender is keen to really force his way into Graham Turner's selection plans.
  
Winfield said: "Getting 90 minutes yesterday was key for me. I played 30 minutes against Oldham reserves last week and I was looking to do an hour yesterday really which would have been good progression.
 
"But because I've got the 90 minutes under my belt I feel there or thereabouts now and I will put it to the gaffer and the coaches that I'm fit for selection from here on."
 
Winfield admitted it had been a frustrating start to the season, having to watch from the sidelines, but now he's itching to be involved. 
 
"It's been tough," he said. "I enjoyed pre-season, getting to know the boys and how they play. I was very eager to get cracking with the league campaign and unfortunately I picked up an injury before the MK Dons game.
 
"Unfortunately that happens sometimes and I'm back in and raring to go now.
 
"I'm definitely getting there. It does take a little bit of match time to get you back to your best. 
 
"The back end of pre-season I felt very good and I was eager to carry that into the season.
 
"I'll be looking to get there or thereabouts and I always keep my standards as high as possible."
 
Winfield is now looking forward to Saturday's big home game against Wolves as he eyes a possible league debut for Shrewsbury.
 
Winfield knows it promises to be an exciting contest against a Wolves side flying high with plenty of talent in their squad.
 
He added: "It's always tough when you come up against good quality strikers, good quality teams in general, but we'll do our background on it, go over their main threats and see how we can counter that so that will be fresh in our minds for Saturday."


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