Shane Byrne on his arrival back at Gigg Lane
“I’m delighted to be back at Bury, my loan spell here last year was great and I really enjoyed my time here and once I knew that Bury were interested in a permanent move, it was the only choice for me.
I was still under contract at Leicester, I had another year left. I know though that I wasn’t going to get into their first team and I wasn’t happy with settling as a development squad player. I wanted to play first team football so I asked if I could go out on loan and they offered me a free move, so I took it.
I got hold of my agent and told them that Bury wanted me on a free and he got straight onto the phone to Peter Shirtliff. For me, this was a no brainer; I thought straight away that I had to get back here so now I can hopefully get some games under my belt. It was Peter that first saw me at Leicester when I first came and got the ball rolling with the loan move, now he’s in charge and he’s brought me back.
My aim now is to get into the first team; I have to train hard and add my ability to the squad, and hopefully get some wins under our belt. I know the place and I know the town that was the biggest buzz for me with being here before. I know the lads; I don’t need to settle in because I am already settled here.
I’m only 19, and I have a decent bit of experience playing league football after the loan last year. I can only improve and playing with better players like Peter Sweeney and Steven Schumacher, that will only improve me and I can learn of them.
I am playing for the club now, I am a Shaker and it means that much more to me to put that jersey on. With Schuey getting sent off on Tuesday I may even get straight in. Nobody wants to see your captain sent off, but it’s a plus for me. If I get in there I can hopefully do what he does and get about the park and do my job.
I will play anywhere; at Leicester I even played a few games at right back, as long as I am in that starting eleven, then I will play anywhere.
It’s another tough start at Coventry on Saturday, my first game here was at Sheff United but we won’t mention that. I don’t know anything about any of the teams. They are local to Leicester and I played against their youth team a lot of times, but I will just go into every game the same way and try and do my best.
Coventry will want to get straight back up into the Championship, but we beat them last season in the cup and hopefully we can do the same on Saturday.
I’ve heard the lads have been doing well but not getting the points, I’ve also been reading tweets from Hannah Ingram and she’s be saying they are doing well, I saw the goals from Doncaster on Tuesday and to me the lad was blatantly offside for their winning goal. It looks like the luck has not gone their way at the moment, hopefully we can change that.
I’ll be playing against Kevin Kilbane on Saturday; he’s a fellow Irishman and a bit of a legend. He’s been an inspiration to me over the years.
The fans have been great with me and as soon as I put on twitter that I had signed, I had a flood of messages in welcoming me in and congratulating me. The fans have been great, Richie Barker was great with me when he was here, Shirty has been great with me and all the lads have been fantastic. I just feel at home here.”
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