Team mates

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS - Adam El-Abd Shrews­bury Town cap­tain

Best mate at the club? That is a tough one be­cause all the lads are my mates. We are a tight-knit squad at Shrews­bury. I have been to din­ner with goal­keeper Jayson Leutwiler and his mis­sus a few times and also Gary Dee­gan and Jim O’Brien, but in gen­eral we all go out as a team to­gether. Worst dressed? I am go­ing to go for Callum Gro­gan, Kaiman An­der­son and Ethan Jones. I am not part of their gen­er­a­tion, so I don’t get it. They go for all kinds of clothes – I don’t even know how to de­scribe it! But, for me, that makes it even worse when you spend a lot of money but fail to look good off it. Louis Dodds is al­ways pretty well-dressed, to be fair. Dress­ing room DJ? Andy Hod­gen, our fit­ness coach, is al­ways in con­trol of the mu­sic. He has it go­ing ev­ery morn­ing when we come in for train­ing, to en­er­gise us. To be fair, he puts on a va­ri­ety of stuff – I think it al­ways de­pends on his mood. Late for train­ing? Ivan Toney, who has just left us now, would turn up at the last pos­si­ble sec­ond ev­ery time. It was un­be­liev­able. He would aim to be in bang on time, but if there was a trac­tor on the road he would be late by ten min­utes! We loved it be­cause he built the fine pot up quite a bit, so we had a good Christ­mas party on him! Teacher’s pet? There is a bit of space for this now be­cause it was Ge­orge War­ing, who was on loan from Stoke City. He has now joined Carlisle for the rest of the sea­son. Ge­orge would come in ex­tra early to get go­ing for the day and was very keen! First on the dance floor? Louis Dodds likes to get up there and throw a few shapes. He is not bad, to be fair to him! I get up there if I have a few drinks in­side me. Only when I don’t care what peo­ple think about me will I get up and throw a few moves, though! Def­i­nitely not when sober. Most likely to dis­grace them­selves at a Christ­mas party? We went to Dublin for our Christ­mas party and it was a good turnout from the boys. We had a great time and a great laugh. Since the turn of the year, we have had an up­turn in re­sults, so it seems to have done the trick. Ev­ery­one was well-be­haved, or what goes on tour stays on tour any­way! Worst tat­too? Again I am go­ing to go for Louis Dodds! I am not one to talk be­cause I have a few my­self, but if I am not go­ing to pick my­self then I would say Louis. He has a halffin­ished rose which is odd. I have a few bad ones, but when you are young you do some silly things. Par­tial to a sunbed? Shaun Whalley likes a sunbed! He does it in se­cret, though, be­cause he is quite pale usu­ally. Who will be the best man­ager? Mat Sadler is do­ing some coach­ing, so I will go for him. I am do­ing my badges too but I am un­de­cided if it is the route I want to go down.

Ivan Toney

Callum Gro­gan

Andy Hod­gen

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