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Something I Couldn't Turn Down - Barry-Murphy On McShane Signing

11 October 2019

Brian Barry-Murphy says the chance to acquire Paul McShane was one that he couldn’t turn down.

The Republic of Ireland international joined Dale on a short-term contract until January this week.

Barry-Murphy is delighted to have acquired the defender who brings a wealth of experience to the side.

“It’s great news for everybody at the Club,” said the Dale boss.

“It was a difficult situation we were involved in, in terms of the amount of injuries we’ve attracted in the last three, four or five weeks. I don’t think there’s any way we could have planned for that, or been aware that could happen.

“I’ve spoken previously about the fact that we were very happy to continue and focus on the playing squad and working with what we’ve got. But, the chance to acquire Paul and make him part of our squad was something that I couldn’t turn down.

“I think the benefits will be there for all to see as he progresses towards what is match fitness, which could take time. He’s the type of guy that’s always in good shape, so hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.

Paul is an unbelievable guy. He’s had a stellar career where he’s played at some of the top clubs in the UK, and had a great international career.

“He came to watch us against AFC Wimbledon last Saturday and saw a lot of our young players playing. That excited him, and he said to me something felt a little bit different, having that challenge and he wanted to be a part of it.

“It’s great news for us all and it’s a chance for everyone in the squad to feed off him, to watch his habits and to enjoy being a part of what we hope is going to be a very fruitful couple of months.

“He’s in great shape physically. Mentally he carries himself in a way that befits a top-level football player. It gives everyone a lift really, at a time when we have, for one reason or another, become very stretched in terms of personnel.

“I think I owed it to the squad to bring someone like Paul in, allied to the backing from the Board, who have allowed me to do this which has been greatly appreciated. I think it works for everyone in the squad and it gives us a chance to introduce our young players into an environment that is stronger and more productive for them.”

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