I'm happy to be playing after Shrews shutout - Holden

Last updated : 20 August 2010 By Bigrich.....
The 30-year-old right-back was restricted to just two brief substitute appearances under Graham Turner so a move to team up with Ronnie Moore was ideal.

Holden explained to the Tiser: "I had already spoke to Graham Turner about not being given an opportunity there in pre-season. I had two sets of ten minutes.

"After all the training I had done and playing pretty much all the games last season, even finishing as skipper in the last seven or eight matches, I was looking forward to bettering that this year but he's not even given me a chance.

"I told him I was experienced enough to know that new managers bring their own players in. What stuck in my throat was that he didn't even give me a chance to hang onto my place.

"Initally the gaffer said no to the idea of me coming out on loan but eventually we agreed it would benefit both because I could get some match practice, which I'm in need of, and he can maybe call me back after a month.

"I've not given up on Shrewsbury but at 30 years old I need to play games," he said. "I'm in the last year of my contract and I'm not going to sit on the bench at this stage of my career, no way.

"I have always looked to play everywhere I've been and this is a great chance for me because Rotherham were unlucky not to go up last year and are classed as one of the favourites in the division, so I am glad I could talk the boss into the move.

"I will keep going—I look after myself. I've had some bad injuries in my career but I'm fit and strong at the moment and I'm enjoying myself."

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