New Exeter City signing Myles Anderson is determined to use the Grecians to kick-start his football career.
The 22-year-old joined the Grecians this week after having his contract cancelled by npower Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
Anderson has also been on the books of Leyton Orient, where he played his youth football, and Aberdeen, for whom he made one appearance. He also made seven appearances in a loan spell at Aldershot Town earlier this campaign, from Rovers, and the move to St James’ Park gives him a chance to play more first-team football.
“I spent a week down here a few weeks ago and got to know the boys. I also spoke to the manager at great length and I think we were speaking the same sort of language,” Anderson said.
“I really liked the way the manager was talking and I could see the relationship the manager had with the players and also the spirit the players had in the dressing room. It seems a happy place to be. That persuaded me to sign.
“One of the reasons I have moved on from Blackburn is finding a new identity as a young player and breaking through into a League Two team. It’s about playing games and really enjoying my football now and that’s what I am looking to do now.”
The Grecians have a reputation for bringing on young talent and, for someone who is perhaps at his best playing as a left-sided defender, Anderson hopes to follow in the footsteps of George Friend, Dean Moxey and Danny Seaborne. He will have to wait for his opportunity though with Exeter’s back-line of Steve Tully, Danny Coles, Pat Baldwin and Craig Woodman almost picking itself.
“It is definitely going to be a challenge to get into the team,” he said, “but I’m looking forward to it. It’s not just the back four that are really experienced but the whole team and they are doing really well, especially away from home.
“Sometimes it is good for a younger player like myself, because when you come to a team that has that experience, they can help you,” Anderson said.
“It is a challenge to get into the team, definitely. But I am willing and ready to take my chance when I get my opportunity. I’m really looking forward to it.
“I am quite a technical player and left-sided and I can play at centre-half, where I have been playing for Blackburn reserves, or left-back. I also played on the left wing for Aldershot, but I’m more a left-sided midfield player rather than an out and out winger. But I’m ready and willing to do a job wherever the manager wants me.
“One of the things I’m looking forward to doing is developing my game and seeing where it is I’m going to play while I’m here. It’s all good, I’m looking forward to it.
“I like the model they have got here, the manager is looking to bring through young exciting players and developing them for the first team.
“The manager told me about the players that have come through here, and that is what I want to do as well.”
Anderson certainly comes across as an articulate and educated man and one who now has to realise the potential people see in him. His move to Blackburn came amid controversy, with cynical Rovers fans claiming he was only signed because of his agent father Jerome’s involvement in the Venky’s takeover at Ewood Park.
“I had actually been at Blackburn for a few months before all that and played in a pre-season tournament for the first team and I had trained with the first team,” Anderson said. “Steve Kean was actually the first-team coach then and they wanted to bring me in then, but it didn’t quite happen and then, as soon as he did become manager, I got the call that he still wanted to bring me in.
“I didn’t feel any pressure because I believe in my own ability, Steve Kean believed in my ability. Maybe I had to prove myself to the players there, but they soon came to accept me.
“I really had a great 18 months there and I have some close friends there. I only wish them well for the future.
“But I am here now, I don’t want to look backwards. I am focused on the future and want to do my best for Exeter City.”