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Andrews: I've Been Made To Feel Welcome

20 July 2012

Keith Andrews already feeling like a fully fledged Wanderer despite only linking-up with the squad on Monday

New signing Keith Andrews was thrust into the limelight on Wednesday evening, making his Wanderers debut just two days after linking-up with his new colleagues.

The midfielder, who completed the entire first half in the pre-season opener at Ayr, has had an eventful summer to say the least, playing a key role for Republic of Ireland at Euro 2012 and moving to a new club.

But despite having a shortened summer break - due to his involvements in Ukraine and Poland - Andrews says he is raring to go and can't wait to get to grips with his latest challenge.

He said: "I've had a few weeks off so that's plenty of time to recharge the batteries.

"I've kept myself fit in the few weeks I've had off and thankfully the manager has saved me from doing all the running the lads did last week!

"In terms of overall fitness, I feel quite good but in terms of the little bits and bobs to brush up on I think they will certainly come on in the coming weeks."

Andrews stressed how important he thought pre-season was for the new signings to bond with their new team-mates and settle in.

The former West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn man is one of three new recruits, along with Matt Mills and Andrew Lonergan who joined from Leicester and Leeds respectively.

"I've been made to feel very, very welcome," he said. "If anything I've been a little bit surprised how bubbly the atmosphere around the place is.

"I think that stems from the manager. From when I spoke to him on the phone earlier in the summer about joining the club he impressed me with his enthusiasm and his passion for the game.

"That comes from him and it spreads all the way through the football club. I want to enjoy my football and I feel I can do that at this club and under this manager."

Speaking after the Ayr match, Andrews also added: "I think some players have really impressed tonight. A few of the young lads I've been very impressed with in training over the last few days.

"Certainly that's one thing that has caught my eye in the last few days. I think we've got a nice blend of youth and experience and with the manager at the helm I think we can have a very good season."

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