New Yeovil Town attacker took little time to choose switch
NEW arrival Anthony Edgar realised from day one of pre-season that Yeovil Town was the place for him to kick-start his career.
The 20-year-old signed a two-year deal at Huish Park last week after heading to Somerset at the start of the month following his release from npower Championship outfit West Ham United.
Edgar spent 11 years with the former Premier League club but made just two substitute appearances in two seasons as a professional, coming off of the bench in the FA Cup against Arsenal and Barnsley.
The tricky midfielder spent a short loan spell with AFC Bournemouth during the 2009-10 campaign, but a transfer embargo at the South Coast club prevented him from staying longer than a month.
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Edgar said his switch to Yeovil did not come as a surprise, but added he took little convincing to sign after attending the first day of training.
He said: "I thought I did well in the reserve league and scored a few goals to help the team. It was hard and it is a hard competition but it is all about getting out and playing games.
"I would say I am an attacking midfielder, getting into the final third and just doing what I have got to do.
"When I left West Ham my agent told me I could go down to Yeovil, train for a couple of weeks and see what they think of me, taking it from there.
"I thought I would grab that chance, it is a League One team, they have got good expectations and it is a very good club here so I jumped at the opportunity.
"From the first day I came here I told myself I was going to hit the ground running. From the first training session I put in everything, I thought I did well in the games and I think I proved myself."
"I am staying in a hotel in town so every day I will walk into town to see what it is like. It is a really nice place, the people are lovely and the restaurants are good and I could not ask for anything more. I just want to play football now, get better and get more experienced.
"I knew one or two lads from playing against them in the reserve and academy leagues. The ones that I did not know I have got to know now, which is good. They are all very friendly and welcoming and I really do think we will do well.
"It has really helped me settle, they do not look at me as the new boy, they talk to you, show you around, tell you what the club is about and tell you about the expectations.
"I am just concentrating on my football at the moment, getting my career underway and I am just glad that the gaffer (Terry Skiverton) and the staff here have given me that opportunity. I thank them for giving me that opportunity to impress."
Edgar, a cousin of Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Jermaine Defoe, has appeared in all four of Yeovil's pre-season friendlies so far this month, but said he was looking forward to the Glovers' first League One game at Brentford on Saturday, August 6.
"As a team – it is not all about me – we want to do well and finish higher," he said. "I think I can bring flair and creativity, I can chip in with goals and above all I am a team player. If we all stick together, we can all help each other with our own individual aspects of the game.
"I cannot wait until the season is up and running. At the moment we are just warming up, we are getting fitter and game by game I think we are getting stronger."