Shrewsbury Town FC
|2018- (on loan)|
AFC Telford United
How do you prepare for an (important) match? (music, rituals, etc.)
I always eat the same pre match meal and make sure I do everything on time. I have a playlist that I listen to in the car on the way to the game. I always put my right boot on before my left and the same with shin pads.
Ryan, you joined the Shrewsbury Town youth system in 2007. How did you get into the youth of Shrewsbury Town FC ? And who helped you the most?
I was playing for my local team from about 6, and there started to become interest, I had trial with Stoke, Wolves, and Aston villa, we played in a game against Shrewsbury for Villa and they chose me to come for a trial, after a few weeks they offered to sign me before any other clubs so that was the main attraction, and they also have a history of producing great footballers.
You received you first call-up to the senior squad by manager Paul Hurst on 26 December 2016. How did you experience that moment ?
I was playing well week in week out for the youth team and creating some interest from elsewhere, almost bang on with when Paul came in. He had me up training there a few times and I think i did well considering I was 17 and very nervous. There were a few injuries for a couple of weeks within the team and I found myself on the bench a couple of times which was a great experience.
In February 2017, you signed a two-and-a-half-year professional contract with the club. How important was that moment for you ?
I’d say it was one of my proudest moments for me and my family, to stick with it for so many years, and to finally be offered what you were always working for was definitely an unreal feeling. It was important to me because it showed the club had seen my hard work and potential and wanted to keep hold of me. To have that backing from a club like Shrewsbury was a great feeling.
Ryan, finally on 23 October 2018, you made your English Football League debut in a 3−1 home win against Barnsley. How important was that match for you ?
Leading up to that game I had been on the bench since almost the start of the season and came back to pre-season really fit. I started to believe I wasn’t going to get on as it had been so many games, but to make my debut for the club I have been at for 12 years now was a proud moment again.
After two years for Shrewbury Town FC, you choose for the first time to loaned out to AFC Telford United. Why did you choose for a loan out to AFC Telford United ?
At the time I wasn’t really getting much game time, I played in the Check trade and reserve games but I felt I needed more of a push. Telford was an ideal move for me because I knew people at the club and it was very local with a good standard of football.
You scored your first career goal in 2018 for AFC Telford United against Farsley Celtic in the first round of the FA Trophy. How did you score that goal?
I remember it very well because it was absolutely freezing and pouring down with rain! It was quite a good goal too, edge of the box turned out and hit it into the bottom corner, it turned out to be an important goal in that competition too as we went on to reach the semi-final but lost on 2 legs to Leyton Orient.
What are your personal goals this season?
My goals for this season are to emulate that performances I put in last season and hopefully first of all get Telford up the table to where they belong. Longer term if all goes well at Telford maybe go back to Shrewsbury and see what happens.
What’s your ultimate dream?
My ultimate dream is obviously to play football as high as you can, you always want to be the best you can be and play at the highest level.