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Ebanks-Blake pre Oldham

2 September 2016

Sylvan talks to the press about his move and his upcoming debut

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was excited to have completed his loan move to Shrewsbury from Chesterfield and is hoping to be a wise head in the dressing room:

“I am delighted to have signed and I am really looking forward to my time at the club. I am based in Birmingham so it isn’t too far for me so that is nice and I am really looking forward to getting started. I feel like I have a lot to offer in the right environment with the right manager. You don’t achieve what I have achieved in my career without having that fight and that desire. You have to keep believing in yourself and I do that. I am delighted to have been given an opportunity here and I am looking to take a hold of that.”

“I hope I can pass on my experience. I have had some big experiences in my career and I hope I can pass that on. I am not the person to bark and shout but I want to lead by example and if I can guide some of the younger strikers then I will do.”

The 30-year-old spent five seasons at Wolves, scoring over 60 goals for them and he remembers playing against Shrewsbury during pre-season friendlies at that time:

“I knew a bit about the club. We used to play against them quite a bit in pre-season when I was at Wolves. They would always batter us in pre-season and then we would nick a goal and win like 2-1 but they would give us the run around a lot I remember that. I am here to get to know the area and know the lads and hopefully score some goals.”

Ebanks-Blake has struggled for game time this season and he admitted it was an easy decision to sign for the club:

“The manager didn’t have to sell the club to me. I know about the club and I have been to the stadium and seen the set up. I wanted to come and fight for my place and score some goals. It is an opportunity for me to play football. I have been at home on a Saturday watching soccer Saturday recently so what is there to sell to me?”

“It has been tough for me since I have been injured. That was a turning point for me when I got injured at Wolves and I had to bounce back from that. I feel like I am back now and I had a good full season at Chesterfield last year and scored some goals and I am ready to go now.”

Despite Shrewsbury’s poor start to the season the former England under 21-International is confident the club can turn it round and he is confident of making a positive impact starting with Oldham on Saturday:

“For me there isn’t too much to worry about. It is important to work out now what the wrongs are and put that right and if it is about that final touch and putting balls in the net then hopefully we can do that now and climb up the league. Oldham have brought a lot of players in and they are gelling and getting used to their surroundings. But Oldham away is a tough game, they fight for their lives and I am sure we will be no different. I am a striker so any game I play in I want to score a goal so it is always in my plans to try and get a goal. But I would take three points.”

James Eley

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