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Shotton on making a debut for Melbourne Victory

Wed 06 January 2021 | 10:19

The former Premier League player will have to overcome his fitness struggles before joining his team on the pitch.

Melbourne Victory

defender,

Ryan Shotton

, has chosen to keep on the sidelines in their clash with

Brisbane Roar

since he has to get to full-fitness following his quarantine. The former Premier League player would need at least a few weeks before joining Victory due to his lack of preparation and access to training facilities during his self-isolation.

"It's been a while (since I played), so that's why we're not going to rush into this weekend,"

Shotton told reporters on Wednesday

.

"I want to make sure that I'm fully 100 per cent ready to come in and show everything that I've got.”

"Training's been really good, I've enjoyed it; I'm trying to get to know the lads and get up to scratch as quick as I can, but I'm still a few days off that."

Shotton later talked about reuniting with his former teammates,

Rudy Gestede

,

Callum McManaman

, and,

Jacob Butterfield

in his new squad, saying:

"They're good lads, they've welcomed me well.”

"They've made sure I've settled in and let me know some little advice that I need for me and my family."

Shotton is expected to benefit from his position alongside

Dylan Ryan

as they take on the team’s defense-line.

"I'll bring my leadership and my voice,"

Shotton said.

"I talk my way through a game and that's the big thing that fans will see."


source: SportMob