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RYAN EDWARDS REFLECTS ON HIS RETURN TO ENGLISH FOOTBALL

2 April 2020

BREWERS midfielder Ryan Edwards has said that his time at the Pirelli Stadium up to now has been “fantastic”, as he reflects on his first season in East Staffordshire.

The 26-year-old joined from Scottish club Hearts last July and has been a mainstay in Nigel Clough’s side, starting 33 of the Brewers’ 35 league games so far.

With fixtures currently suspended until April 30 at the earliest, Edwards has revealed his thoughts on the 2019/20 campaign so far.

“In general, it’s been a good season," said Ryan. "I’ve been happy to be back in the EFL and playing for Burton Albion has been fantastic for me.

“Hopefully we get to finish this season whenever it is safe to do so, to cap off a reasonably good year for me personally but also for us to finish as well as possible.”

Edwards has been particularly impressive for Albion in the final third, netting seven times in all competitions, with five of those efforts coming in League One matches.

Discussing his admirable goal tally, the Australian said:

“I think it’s a career best for me in terms of goals [in one season], so I’m very pleased with that.

"I didn’t really have a target coming into the season, so to reach seven is pleasing, and I was hoping that I could maybe get as close to double figures as possible.”

He added: “Nowadays in world football, I think everyone looks for a goalscoring midfielder to have in the team, so to add that element to my game has been a massive bonus.”

Edwards also played a key role in the Brewers’ run to the last-16 of the Carabao Cup, with victory over Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth back in September still standing out as a memorable night for the Singapore-born midfielder.

“The Bournemouth cup win is obviously a fantastic highlight, to beat a side from the top-flight the way we did.

“It was a great team performance, we played really well and thoroughly deserved our win on the night.”


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