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Sharpe On Loan Move

13 March 2015

New Loan Signing On Joining Shrewsbury Town

"I've played at under-21s level with Northern Ireland and that's probably the closest experience I've had to playing in front of crowds," said Sharpe.

"Hopefully that will stand me in good stead and we'll see what that brings to here."

The 20-year-old has also represented Northern Ireland at under-21s level.

"I'd say that I'm athletic and can get up and down the pitch and I like to attack," he said.

"As a full back, I like to get involved with the attacks and I'm pretty solid defensively as well."

Sharpe, who had a taste of first team experience at Non-League side Mickleover Sports, describes himself as an attacking player.

"I've been at Derby for six years now so I'm not really used to meeting loads of new people," said Sharpe.

"When I see new faces coming in I'm usually the one introducing myself.

"All of the lads here seem really nice and there are a few jokers in the pack.

"I'm just excited to get started, get training and we've got the game against Wycombe as well.

"I don't expect to be put straight into the team but I'd like to think I'm going to get some game time, and it's down to me to get my place.

"I'd have travelled to the other side of the country to get an opportunity like this."

And have been with the Rams for six years, he admits that he found it strange having to meet his new team mates to begin with.

The Nottingham-born youngster signed professional terms with the Championship club in the summer of 2013.

"I've been playing under-21s football at Derby (County) and I got told that Shrewsbury had sent people to watch me," said Sharpe.

"They were pleased with the performance I had against Aston Villa about three weeks ago.

"Since then they've tracked my progress, come to a few games and luckily I've done well and got myself down here (to Shrewsbury) and I'm looking forward to it.

"It was a game against Arsenal and I was actually out of position, and I was informed that they were coming to watch.

"I did alright in that game. We won 1-0, I had a solid game and my team mates and the manager and all of the coaches were all pleased with how I played, and I was pleased with how I played.

"I'm still developing and not at my peak yet.

"I'm coming here to learn and I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"I've seen them (Shrewsbury) play some nice football and it will suit me, and I'm looking forward to trying to contribute to the title challenge.

"That was one of the main attractions for me to come. I did my research and saw that the club was doing well, and I think it's going to be a good opportunity for me.

"Hopefully I can help to contribute and do well."

And Sharpe is looking to continue his development at the Greenhous Meadow and help Town fight for the Sky Bet League 2 title this season.

The 20-year-old, a graduate of the Rams' academy, is capable of playing at both left-back and centre-back or further forward in midfield.

New loan signing Rhys Sharpe says he is itching to get started at Shrewsbury Town after joining from Derby County's under-21s for an initial one-month period.

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