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Pre-Blackpool | Elliot Thorpe

16 November 2023


Pre-Blackpool | Elliot Thorpe

16 November 2023

Defender Elliot Thorpe conducted his first pre-match interview ahead of our trip to Blackpool tomorrow.

On loan from Luton Town, Thorpey completed his first 90 minutes for Town against Walsall on Tuesday night following a difficult back injury that had kept him sidelined.

A right wing-back by trade, the 23-year-old also featured as a midfielder for Salop against Reading last weekend.

Speaking to the assembled media, Thorpey discussed his return from injury, tomorrow's opponents and the togetherness within the squad.

On his first 90 minutes back after injury:  

It was good, it’s always good to be back playing football, it’s been a long long time since been playing football.  

“It’s been very hard, both mentally and physically, but I’ve got to give a lot of thanks to the physios, and all the people around the club - they’ve helped me massively." 

On the mental aspects of being injured:  

“I’ve never been out longer than three weeks in my career, so to be out for three months was tough.  

“I know it’s not the longest - there are people like George Nurse who are out for a long long time - but for me it was very challenging because all I really like to do is play football.

“It’s just good to be back and around the boys playing football." 

On what he’s learnt at Shrewsbury Town:  

“A lot really, a lot obviously has been off the pitch so far, but there’s a long way to go in the season.  

“The manager has been really good with me, all the staff have been really good with me so I’ve been picking up bits here and there, but I’m hoping to pick up lots more now I’m back in the frame."

On setting targets for the season:  

“Normally you would, you’d say 'I want to play this many games' but when you get hit with what I got hit with, maybe it’s not as realistic at the minute.  

“I’m just taking it day by day, completing training sessions, getting my first 90 minutes, step by step at the minute will help me in the long run."

On being able to play 90 in a league game:  

“It’s tough, it’s a lot different playing 90 minutes but I felt good the other day, I’m ready to go when I’m called upon."

On this weekend’s opponents:  

Of course, we know it’s going to be a tough game but I think we’ve shown in the last few weeks we’ve got some winning momentum. 

“We look good as a team, we’re very together as a group, so we’re looking forward to it. 

“That’s the good thing about this group, even when things haven’t gone our way we’ve always stuck together and morale has always been high. 

"That’s been a key thing of changing the swing of things, we’re good we feel good and look good in training so we're very much ready for Saturday."

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