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Joe Anderson | First Interview

24 July 2023

Interviews

Joe Anderson | First Interview

24 July 2023

Joe Anderson sat down with Salop to conduct his first interview as a Shrewsbury Town player.

The 22-year-old defender joins us on a season-long loan from Sunderland, for whom he featured in the Championship last season, and plays on the left side of defence.

A product of Everton's academy, Joe was captained by another one of our recent signings, Morgan Feeney, in the Premier League 2 for a number of years and the pair share a very good relationship.

Joe featured for the Toffees' under-18s aged just 15 and went on to make over 100 appearances for Everton's youth sides before his move to the Northeast.

Speaking to the club media, Joe discussed how excited he was to get going, what fans can expect from him on the pitch and his relationship with Morgan.

ON JOINING SHREWSBURY:

"I'm absolutely delighted to join the club!

"I know a few of the lads already who have joined recently and everyone speaks highly of the club.

"Speaking to the gaffer at Sunderland and Micky (Moore, our director of football), it definitely the right club for me to come to for the next stage of my career."

ON WHAT ATTRACTED HIM TO THE CLUB:

"Yeah definitely [those conversations attracted him to the club]. It's an exciting club that I think is going to have a really good season and I want to be a part of that. Hopefully we can achieve some good things this year."

ON HIS AIMS FOR THE LOAN:

"On a personal note, it's to play as many games as I can, get the games under my belt. Obviously we want to finish as high as we can really, I think it'll be an interesting season because I kept an eye on the team last year - a mid-table finish was strong - so I feel like we can push for those play-off spots and you never know what could happen."

ON HIMSELF AS A PLAYER:

"Well, first and foremost I want to get clean sheets. I'm composed on the ball and I like to start attacks.

"I see myself almost in that role between the defence and midfield where I can step in, I can start attacks and I can be someone who can settle the game down and control the pace of the game."

"Obviously I can head the ball and tackle and defend, this just brings that extra element of being able to connect the midfield the defence and the forwards all together.

"Sometimes even missing out the midfield and playing those balls through. That's how I'd describe myself."

ON THE COMPETITION FOR PLACES IN THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF DEFENCE:

"I think at any club it's important to have competition, you don't want people getting too comfortable.

"The gaffer has already said everyone is on an even playing field and that's all you can ask for. It means that when you get your chance, you take it.

"If you're not in the team for whatever reason then you know why it is and you have to get back into the team.

"I think it's good, healthy competition and I feel like if I can get in there and play well and help the lads then that's what I want to do."

ON THE ATTACKING SIDE OF HIS GAME:

"I used to be a winger back in the day. I obviously go up for corners and try to score goals. You never know maybe I'll step in, keep going and maybe have a shot.

"But like I said, I like to start attacks and be involved in attacks. I like to play left of a back three or the left side of a back four but as long as I'm playing I'm happy."

ON MORGAN FEENEY:

"Morgan was my captain when I first came up to the under-21s at Everton so yeah, I've got a good relationship with Morgan and I feel like we go hand-in-hand.

"He's a good player, a good communicator [and] when you've got him in the back line as well, he's someone who's massive."

ON GETTING STARTED:

"It was good to see all the lads and the gaffer this morning and yeah, I'm just excited to get the boots on and get started."

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