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Derby County new boy Ryan Shotton ready to fight for his place

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By Steve Nicholson

WAITING GAME ... Ryan Shotton is prepared to wait for a regular starting place at Derby.

WAITING GAME ... Ryan Shotton is prepared to wait for a regular starting place at Derby.

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RYAN Shotton is ready to be a team player for Derby County as he aims to help out the Rams' promotion bid.

Shotton has joined Derby from Stoke City, initially on loan, although the move is expected to be made permanent.

The 25-year-old impressed on his debut in Tuesday night's Capital Cup One second round victory over Charlton Athletic as head coach Steve McClaren made six changes to his side.

He came in for Cyrus Christie at right-back – but can also play centre-half or in midfield.

McClaren has some tough selection decisions to make for Saturday's Championship encounter with Ipswich Town at the iPro Stadium – his team having thumped Fulham 5-1 in their previous league outing.

And while Shotton will be pushing hard for a starting spot, he accepts he may have to bide his time for a regular place in the line-up of last season's beaten play-off finalists.

"I'm not coming here expecting to start," he said.

"It's a squad game and a squad will get us promoted.

"If that's the case, I'm ready to wait – and I'm ready to fight for a place.

"There's no chance I'd be coming here and kicking up a fuss if I wasn't playing.

"They're a great set of lads, who have kicked on since last season – and I'm here to help."

While Shotton looked comfortable at full-back and carried a threat going forward, his preferred position is at the heart of the defence.

"For me, central defence is what I prefer – but it's the manager's opinion that matters," he said.

"If he feels I can get forward and offer something on the wing, then that's fair enough.

"Wherever I play, I'm going to give it everything I can."

Shotton was pleased with his debut display in the 1-0 win against Charlton – just 24 hours after arriving at the club.

"I was happy with my performance," he said.

"It was my first competitive 90 minutes of the season, so I'm not going to be right up there, fitness-wise – but I'll get there.

"Everything has moved fast – but I don't mind it like that.

"You learn quickly and the lads have looked after me.

"And we got what we wanted – a win to take us into the next round. I enjoyed it."

Shotton admitted it had been tough to leave hometown club Stoke, where he had been since the age of nine.

But having fallen down the pecking order at the Premier League outfit, he knew the time was right for a change.

"It was hard to say goodbye but I knew it was the right direction to go," he said.

"This is a great club to come to and they're moving forward massively.

"Steve McClaren has been great to me already and I only met him on Monday!

"The lads have been great too and I'm ready to move forward.

"I wanted to come here and this is the club for me."

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