Shrewsbury Town are delighted to have added exciting Wolves youngster Ryan Giles to the squad.
Town manager Sam Ricketts was happy to welcome Ryan to Sundorne Castle this morning to sign his loan forms and join Town on a season-long deal.
After a morning’s hard work out on the training pitch, Sam sat down with the media to talk about Ryan’s loan move.
“I’m delighted to get Gilo in and he’s a player I’ve known for a long time through my coaching at Wolves.
“I’ve followed his progression really well over the last couple of years and it is a really good acquisition for the club.
“He made his Wolves debut last season in the Emirates FA Cup against us so Town fans have had the chance to see him in action.
“The fact that Wolves have let him come here speaks volumes of our club because he is a player who is very highly regarded at Wolves and they have big hopes for him.”
Discussions on the loan deal have been going on for a while but Wolves wanted Ryan to join in their first week of pre-season training.
“In principle, the move started months ago but because he is such an asset for Wolves it took a little while”, said Sam.
“We are delighted to get him here and the deal over the line but the biggest thing is he is desperate to be here and delighted to have finally signed.”
Town have been back in pre-season for just over a week so the deal has been completed in good time to get Ryan integrated into the Town squad early.
“We want to get all our players in as early as we can when possible”, said Sam.
“Unfortunately because he was with Wolves that wasn’t the case but the important thing is that he joined us in good time.
“It allows Ryan to get a really good pre-season with us and come to Portugal next week which is really important.”
Ryan has played at left wingback in recent seasons for Wolves and the Premier League side see that as his preferred position. Sam is pleased to have added another really good option to his Town defence.
“Gilo as a kid coming through was predominantly a left winger but the way Wolves play they have converted him to a wing back”, said Sam.
“He suits the way that we are trying to play and will come in and give us a good option in that left wingback role.
“We are slowly putting the pieces in place and taking our time to get the right players and right characters in place and Gilo certainly fits that bill.
“Is Ryan ready for 60 games at this level, possibly not, so we will have to keep an eye on that but he is an exciting young player.
“He is hungry and has a brilliant attitude to learn and develop and wants to be successful.”