New 2-year deal for defender Joe Anderson

07/07/2022 12comments  |  Jump to last

Joe Anderson, centre-back for the Under-23s last season, has agreed a 2-year contract extension to keep him at the club until 2024.

The 21-year-old from Stalybridge was a pretty regular performer last season and is looking to build on his Academy experience as the Premier League 2 transitions to an Under-21 operation.

“Joe has been with us since the age of 15 and his attitude and progression in that time have been very impressive. We have a clear plan for Joe to continue his development with us and look forward to helping him fulfil his potential,” said Director of Football Kevin Thelwell.

"I'm delighted. It was an easy process," said Anderson. "I spoke with Kevin and he's explained the next steps for me over these next two years — it's really exciting, with the new Academy structure. It felt perfect and I didn't have a second thought about signing the contract. It's amazing to get two years as well. It's a bit of security for me but it shows the club have faith in me which is a big boost.

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"I'm really looking forward to working with Taity again. He has been brilliant with me — and I know the rest of the lads would say the same. There was a real buzz when we heard he was going up to be U21s head coach.

"I believe I've played my best football under him. We've got a really good relationship and I feel like he's someone who can get the very best out of me and help me get ready for first-team football.

"I'll be working at 100 per cent every day with the U21s, then if and when there are opportunities to impress the first-team manager and his staff, I want to take them. You never know when they might happen so you always have to be ready and I'll make sure that I am."


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Pat Kelly
1 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Can't wait to see all the new players in our senior team.
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 07/07/2022 at
How about it, you U-23 watchers? Phill, Dave, Andrew et al? What do you think?
Ray Smith
3 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Seems to be a solid piece of business for the near future.

We need to keep Gordon, regardless of whether or not Lingard arrives. Lingard seems to be making demands for this and that (probably agent and media speculation).

Hopefully Thelwell we be allowed to conduct business without BK and others poking their noses in.

Alan J Thompson
4 Posted 07/07/2022 at
I suppose it is down to those at the club who watch them but this is now on top of Campbell last week, Gibson is in there somewhere and then the half a dozen, not counting Becao, vying for the first team spots and anyone sent out on loan. Will five subs ever be enough?

Anyone left yet, that's left as in departed?

Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 07/07/2022 at
“Looking for to playing in the Under-21s”

He will be 22 soon. I assume this is a warm body to add some experience to the Academy games? There has been little to suggest a first team path given that younger players have at least trained with the first team.

Michael Kenrick
6 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Good catch, Kieran!

Maybe when they say "Under-21s" they really mean "mostly Under-21s" – think of it like Westley being "mostly dead" in The Princess Bride

I'm sure they had rules last time out about allowing up to 3 outfield players over the age limit. Also, the age is by a certain date, so the player can be "Under-21" on that date, even if he is no longer under 21 on the date of the game.

Come to think of it, these rules are a lot like Boris's rules – there to be broken!

Sam Hoare
7 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Mike @2,

I've seen him a fair few times, mostly at left-back or centre-back, and can't say he has stuck long in the memory. I remember thinking he seemed fairly dependable and a decent passer but didn't especially stand out as a great prospect.

I'm surprised that he's been offered a new contract but maybe Paul Tait rates him or thinks he could be that more experienced head alongside the younger defenders breaking through.

Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 07/07/2022 at

There's a wodge of fringe players (U23, now U21) whose contracts ran down last month. They are seemingly getting signed up in dribs and drabs. All so as Unsworth – sorry, Tait can have them play pointless games in Premier League 2.

I'd hope to see 2 or 3 of these youngsters on every 9-man subs bench in the Premier League but, if we have a squad of 25 senior players (I currently count 26, so still some deadwood to depart...), then it will only be "injuries permitting".

Andrew Keatley
9 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Mike, I'm pretty much in agreement with Sam – strong passing left-footer, strong, solid and calm but not particularly quick or dynamic.

I suspect he'll have a decent enough career lower down the League structure, but he is not currently at all likely to force himself into the reckoning with us. I've generally liked what I have seen of him, he's comfortable in possession and is extremely capable with the ball at his feet, but it's a big jump from there to being able to deal with Erling Braut Haaland…

I'd like to see what he achieves with a 12-month loan away from the academy, but this contract offer feels a bit like the ones that we gave to Nathan Broadhead, Harry Charsley and Matthew Pennington – possibly all assessed and considered unlikely to ever become regular squad members, but that they might eventually command a low 7-figure transfer fee to a Championship or League One side.

Phill Thompson
10 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Mike #2, I'm surprised we've given him a 2-year contract, a couple of months ago I thought he'd be cut. He's got a pretty decent left foot, big, tackles well but really I'd say he's far away from getting near the first-team squad. In fact I wouldn't have him in my best U21 team, for me Ishe Samuels-Smith and Eli Campbell are our best left-sided defenders and I'd be disappointed if he keeps either of them out of the U21s.

He's got the maturity and expertise but I can only think that our brush with U23s relegation last season has meant they want to retain experienced players to help the youngsters.

Dupont Koo
11 Posted 08/07/2022 at
While we don't know about the exact salary amount of the contract, Thelwell's presence so far and his reported establishment of a Pay-Scale under the First Team for U21 & U18 should:

1) buy us 2 years under reasonable cost to see if Joe will be good enough for the First Team (no more Deja Vu of Pennington under first team level wages till 25 years old)

2) if needed, when Joe is to be loaned out, his salary will be affordable by Football League & Scottish Clubs that we can ask those clubs to cover them all (if not the majority) during the loan (Savvy landlords around the world, who have tenants paying their mortgages, nod their heads in agreement)

3) allow us to have an easier time to sell him if needed (potential buying clubs will be better positioned to give him a raise on his next contract, instead of asking him to take a paycut or even asking us to subsidise the move)

IMHO, another below-the-radar sign of good asset management practices being put in place by Thelwell.

Now that the club's downside has been covered, let's hope we can reap the upside benefits of Joe's eventual development.

Paul Kernot
12 Posted 10/07/2022 at
Is he Jonjoe Kenny's brother!!

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