Shrewsbury Town are pleased to confirm defender Joe Anderson has joined on a season-long loan from Sunderland.
A ball-playing centre-halve by trade, Joe plays on the left-hand side of defence.
The 22-year-old has featured for Sunderland in the Championship after joining them in January of this year and is ready to play a prominent part in Town's 2023/24 season.
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.
He will wear number 4 for Salop this season.
Head Coach Matt Taylor said:
"Joe is a left-sided centre-back who possesses a beautiful left foot.
"He is a young player with a really bright future ahead of him so I feel very fortunate to have secured him for the season.
"As a coaching staff we are very excited to work with him, he adds excellent competition to the squad and gives us the natural balance we want on the left-hand side.
"This will be a big season for Joe and will hopefully be his breakthrough year in men’s football."
"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.
"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."