Date: 26th October 2015 at 7:40pm
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Ahead of the game against Bury at the weekend, manager Micky Mellon revealed that Anthony Gerrard had been training with us for the past few weeks and a non contract deal had been signed, meaning he could take up a place on the bench on Saturday.

Audio – Mellon Talks Win & Gerrard

Gerrard did obviously debut in that game as a late second half substitute.

Speaking to the Official Site the gaffer explained.

‘He`s played 90 minutes in three development games for us and has not missed a days training in the three weeks he`s been training with us. He`s up to a level now where if he needs to come off the bench he will be able to do a job for us. Although he is not fully match fit yet what he can offer and the experience he can bring us is an opportunity that we can take. I`m sure everyone will agree when we have 100% fit Anthony Gerrard, Zak Whitbread and Ian Black it will make a big difference to our squad.’

With experienced Gerrard having played for sides like Walsall, Cardiff City, Hull City and Huddersfield, he comes in as a free agent following his release by Huddersfield over the summer, and he brings with him just over 400 career games under his belt.

‘As you keep on prodding me you know that he`s here training with us. Fitness is an issue again; he`s not done any pre-season so we are hamstrung with that because we know how good he could be with us. We are working everyday to get him fit and he is working his socks off to but I`ve got to be careful that I put people in when they are ready or I think will make an impact. People ask me what type of players I`m looking for; I`m looking for ones who will make an impact. Anthony has got a wee bit of training to do before he`s ready and I`ve spoken to him about that, but when he`s ready he will be an important player for us.’

Mellon did admit a conversation had been had about a proper deal, but that’s for the future and for now it’s just non contract terms whilst he builds himself up.

Gerrard himself said in an interview after the Bury debut that he hoped to get himself going again now at Shrewsbury.

‘It has been a long five months out in the wilderness for me so I appreciate the gaffer and what they have done for me. I`m just happy to put the boots on and get back onto the pitch and to keep a clean sheet was an added bonus. The lads worked tirelessly. Junior Brown worked his socks off at left-back and so did Abs (Ogogo) in midfield. You could go through the whole side. It was a very good effort.’

With it being a non contract basis, he admits it’s a bit novel – especially at this level in football.

The 29 year old defender added.

‘It`s strange to be honest. It`s a very surreal situation I find myself in. It`s the first time I`m playing football and not getting paid since I was 15 years of age so it`s a strange feeling. I`m not interested in the money at present. I just want the opportunity to go and play football and I`m thankful for having the opportunity and I`m delighted to be back in the fold.’

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