The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Luke Baker

MAK­ING his first foray into League One aged 29, Alex Rod­man is some­thing of a late bloomer but Shrews­bury’s new sign­ing is con­vinced he will han­dle the step up with aplomb.

Hav­ing spent most of his early ca­reer in Non-League foot­ball, Rod­man earned a move to League Two New­port County in the sum­mer of 2015 be­fore head­ing to Notts County at the start of this sea­son.

The winger has now inked an 18-month deal with the Shrews af­ter the Mag­pies al­lowed him to leave on a free and he is rel­ish­ing the step up.

“I’ve done the rounds in the lower leagues and I’m happy to say I’m in League One now with Shrews­bury,” said Rod­man.

“It’s my first ex­pe­ri­ence of League One foot­ball and I don’t think it will be too dif­fer­ent from League Two. There might be a bit more foot­ball played and a bit more ath­leti­cism in some of the teams.

“I guess some of the big clubs – the likes of Sh­effield United and Bolton – will be very strong but I’m look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“I’ve seen some of the re­sults re­cently and I know we can push on and get away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

MOV­ING UP: Alex Rod­man

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