New recruit Rob Edwards is aiming to rediscover consistency during his loan spell at Shrewsbury Town.
The Telford-born defender returned to his home county on Thursday after a one-month loan was agreed with Edwards’ parent club Barnsley in the final hours of transfer deadline day. The 30-year old began his career at Aston Villa and has also picked up extensive experience in the Premier League and Championship with Wolves and Blackpool among others. But his career at Barnsley has been disrupted by injuries this season and he has yet to make an appearance for the Tykes during the current campaign.
He went out on loan to League Two outfit Fleetwood Town in October aiming to regain match fitness and he is now hoping to prove he can still perform at a high level week-in week-out under Graham Turner.
Asked what he hopes to achieve from the next month at the Greenhous Meadow he said: “To prove that I can play football consistently.
“I got five good games in at Fleetwood early in the season when I was on the comeback trail from an injury and it sort of reoccurred so it will be key now for me to stay fit and really enjoy my football.
“We will see what comes of it. I don’t want to look too far down the line.
“I’ll just take each game as it comes, that old cliche, and I just want to enjoy it.
“I’m contracted at Barnsley at the moment but it’s great to be here and I’ll hopefully do well for the club.”
Former Thomas Telford pupil Edwards, a cousin of former Town midfielder Sean Parrish, added he was delighted to be back in Shropshire. He recalled watching Shrewsbury games at the club’s old Gay Meadow ground as well as Telford as a boy.
But he said the set-up at the Greenhous Meadow had moved up several gears from the one he remembered in his childhood.
“I’ve been to quite a few Shrewsbury and Telford games in my youth,” he said.
“I know Shrewsbury are as high as they’ve been for quite some time. It’s a fantastic set-up here, different to the one I used to come and watch games at.
“I’m glad it wasn’t flooded when I turned up yesterday as some of the fields were when I drove past on my way to the ground! It looks great and it’s a completely different club to the one I used to watch when I was a boy.”