Shrewsbury Town are delighted to confirm that we have signed highly rated defender Ryan Giles on a season-long loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 19-year-old was born in Telford and has progressed through the youth ranks at Molineux since joining as a seven-year-old.
Ryan has had a spell on loan at AFC Telford but made his Wolves debut in last seasons Emirates FA Cup game with Shrewsbury.
After training at Sundorne this morning Ryan sat down to talk to the press about the loan move to Town.
“I’m very happy to be here and the move has been on the horizon for a while now”, said Ryan.
“I’m glad it’s done and I’m now looking forward to getting in with the boys and look forward to August 3rd.”
Ryan plays as a left wingback with Wolves after coming through the young ranks there as a left-winger.
“I was always known through the Academy ranks as an out and out left-winger but last year they wanted to try me in the left wingback role”, said Ryan.
“I found that move really well and have continued to work on that role.
“There have been a lot of positives and negatives during that time but it’s what you have to do to develop and to push yourself.
“I’m playing as a wingback at the moment and really enjoying it, I’m still learning every single day and coming here is another stage to show what I can do.”
Sam Ricketts spent time coaching in the Academy at Wolves and that is where he first spotted Ryan playing. That connection was pivotal in getting the loan move over the line.
“I’ve been at Wolves since I was seven years old and progressed all the way through”, said Ryan.
“I meet Sam at Wolves and he is a fantastic coach and a great role model both on and off the pitch.
“When the possibility of the move came around it was a no brainer and I’m really looking forward to getting going and hopefully bring in the results.”
Ryan made his Wolves first team debut last season playing in the Emirate FA Cup, against Shrewsbury Town.
“When we came to Shrewsbury they were on fire that day and I was really, really impressed with what I saw”, said Ryan.
“The atmosphere and the fans that day was electric and Shrewsbury brought their A game that day.
“When the possibility of the move came around I thought to myself ‘I played in that game and saw what they can do’.
“I spoke to the gaffer about how they want to play this year and I can see the potential here and that is another reason to come here.”
The loan deal with Town gives Ryan that security and focus on a season in the Sky Bet League One. To finish with we asked him what were his hopes for the move.
“I’m looking to play as many games as I can, I’m still young and still learning but that is the aim”, said Ryan.
“I’ll have my main little objectives but the main one is that I want to win.
“When you play league football all that matters is the 3 points, a good performance is a bonus but I’m coming here to make an impression but mainly to win.
“I want to do well at Shrewsbury Town, I’ll always try to bring positivity to get supporters out of their seats, I want to bring assists and I want to show them what I can do.”