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Sam Ricketts talks Josh Vela

20 January 2020

Sam Ricketts discusses Town's latest acquisition - Josh Vela.

Sam Ricketts made Josh Vela his second signing of the January transfer window as the midfielder joins Town following is release from Hibernian.

The 26-year-old has joined up with Salop, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Sam is pleased to have secured the midfielder and feels Josh can have a good impact on Town’s squad.

“Josh came through the ranks at Bolton and was there from a young age,” said Town’s manager. “He showed what a good player he is and was there for a number of years.

“He’s still relatively young so he’s still capable of improving. He has seen a lot during his career already. He was there in their Premier League days right down to League One.

“He has been successful and proved he’s a good player. This was an opportunity for us to add real quality to the squad on a permanent basis. It’s a real sign of intent by the Club. The fact he’s willing to come to us shows what we are building as a Club and as a team.”

Sam also notes that the former Bolton-man can perform in a number of positions and is pleased to have added more versatility to the Town squad.

“He can play as a centre-midfielder, a holding-midfielder and as an attacking-midfielder. He can also play right-back or right wing-back. He is versatile and has played in a number of positions over the years.

“He is a high-energy midfielder, good on the ball and good at taking set-pieces. He’s just a player with real good quality. You don’t play as many games as he has in the Championship without being a good player. It’s a really good acquisition for the Club to get him on a permanent basis.”


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