Edwards hopes to help end Morecambe’s defensive woes

Ryan Edwards wins a header on his debut against Northampton.
Ryan Edwards wins a header on his debut against Northampton.

Ryan Edwards is hoping to play a key role in an improved Morecambe defensive display next season.

The giant centre half signed a two-year deal at the Globe Arena on Monday after his release from Blackburn Rovers having impressed on loan.

The 20-year-old Liverpudlian admits he and his colleagues let in too many goals as the Shrimps slid down the table and knows arresting that is key to Morecambe kicking on in League 2 next season.

He said: “Things are looking good for Morecambe and hopefully we’ll be nowhere near in the situation we were last season.

“If we can stop conceding as many goals as we did and the lads start firing up front then there’s no reason why we can’t get in and around the play-offs. The league’s that close every year. I think clean sheets are the key.”

Despite his relatively young age Edwards is experienced in the Football League’s bottom tier after loan spells at the likes of Fleetwood, Chesterfield and Rochdale.

He said: “I’ve played 50 games at the age of 20 which isn’t bad and I know the league inside out now.

“There were sniffs and ifs and buts elsewhere but that’s football. Morecambe were the keenest and the quickest to put in an offer.

“They trust me so I’ve got to trust everyone here and do as well as I can for the club.”

As the latest in a cast of Liverpool-based players, Edwards admits it has been easy to settle at the Globe Arena.

He said: “When I walked in here on my first day I settled straight away.

“I arrived on the Friday and played on the Saturday and the lads were brilliant as they are at most clubs.

“But it was different.

“There was something else here, it was easier to settle in.”