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McShane Can't Wait To Get Started

10 October 2019

New signing Paul McShane says he can’t wait to get started in a Rochdale shirt.

The Republic of Ireland international has joined the Club on a short-term contract until January.

The defender explains that he wants to be a part of something special under manager Brian Barry-Murphy.

“I’m excited to get going now,” said McShane.

“I spoke to the manager a few weeks ago, and now I’m just looking forward to getting started.

“I’ve got a bit of experience now. I’m 33-years-old, I’ve played quite a few games, so I just hope I can lead by example to the players. I’m a bit of a shouter and a baller every now and then!

“But I aim to lead by example and talk to players as much as I can on the pitch, to try and put them in the right direction.

“Once I cross that white line, I give everything that I’ve got. I want to come here, play as many games as I can, and try and win as many games as I can.

“Brian is an up and coming manager and he wants to do things the right way. I want to be a part of something special in the future.

“He’s said I’ll enjoy the way they’re trying to go about things. He’s trying to play some really good football and trying to raise the professionalism around the place, and that’s something I pride myself on, trying to be as professional as I can.

“I try to do everything I can to improve, and that seems to be the general feel around the place.”

The 33-year-old has been without a Club since leaving Championship side Reading in the summer, but has been training regularly to keep fit.

“There’s not much time for bedding in, so I’m ready to go tomorrow. I’ve been training with a team myself, so it’s not as if I’ve just been going to the gym every day and doing bench presses!

“I’ve been trying to keep my training specific to playing football, so I’m dying to get going. It’s been a long time and I’ve got great motivation to help this Club as much as possible and try to take them to the next level.”

McShane says he will give everything to the Dale cause during his time at the Crown Oil Arena.

“The supporters can expect me to give everything I’ve got. It’s just the way I’ve been playing the game my whole life.

“It’s the way I’ve been brought up and the way I’ve approached football. It’s everything to me. It doesn’t matter if I’m playing in the Premier League, Championship, even Sunday League, whatever it is, I’ll give everything that I’ve got and hopefully my passion and motivation will rub off on a few people.”


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