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First Interview | Roland Idowu

7 December 2023

Interviews

First Interview | Roland Idowu

7 December 2023

Town's latest recruit sat down with Salop to discuss his move to the Croud Meadow from the League of Ireland.

The 21-year-old moves to the Croud Meadow having scored nine goals and registered nine assists in 33 outings for Waterford.

Roland, who is close friends with Tunmise Sobowale, has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal in Shropshire.

He trained with his new Shrewsbury teammates for the first time today but won't be available for selection until the transfer window officially opens in January.

ON JOINING SALOP:

“I’m buzzing, it’s something I’ve been waiting for for a while, to jump up to this level, and I’m delighted to be here.”

ON WINNING PROMOTION WITH WATERFORD LAST MONTH:

“I think it was a successful season. We had mixed results but we stuck to it and to get promotion was what the goal was for the start of the season, so I think it was a successful season. 

“It’s definitely one of the best moments so far. It was a very good season and it makes it all worthwhile at the end when you get the promotion and you can celebrate."

ON HOW HIS MOVE TO SHREWSBURY CAME ABOUT:

“There was interest for a while and I think we’ve been back and forth for a while but then in recent weeks it’s got more serious and I’m delighted that I’m here now."

ON WHAT HE'S LIKE AS A PLAYER:

“I think from now until the end of the season I want to help the team as much as I can, get up the table and contribute with goals, assists and creativity which is what I want to bring to the table. 

“I think I’m quite positive, I like trying to create stuff and help the team go forward as well as when we’re going back. I think off the ball I’m quite fit and physically I feel like I’m strong as well so yeah, I think I could be an exciting player for the fans. 

“I’d say I’m quite powerful and I think I’m smart on the ball as well so there is some intelligence. But yeah, just creating space for others, creating space for myself, just having hunger to score goals and get assists, that’s what helps me."

ON WHO HE ALREADY KNOWS IN THE SQUAD:

“I played with Tunmise Sobowale at my old club. He left in the summer, left me by myself so I thought I’d follow him! He explained what the club’s about and I liked what he said so I’ve made the jump."

ON SETTLING IN:

“I had my first training session this morning and it was good; I settled in well and all the lads were unbelievable and made me feel at home. 

“I’m just making sure I get settled in now keep pushing until the new year. 

“It’s about getting fit, getting up to speed with everyone else as soon as I can and getting ready to come in and affect and help the team which is the main aim for me.” 

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