Yeovil Town right-back Joe Edwards spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Dan Albutt on Thursday 17th January 2013, after he signed permanently for the club from Bristol City.
JE: It's taken longer than we expected. I'm delighted to join now, and it's an especially exciting time for the club.
DA: Was it an easy decision for you to join Yeovil on a full-time basis?
JE: Yes, in the end it was. I was here for the loan spell both last season and this season and I really enjoyed it. I've been at Bristol City for what is obviously a long time, for 12 years. I felt it was just time for a fresh start and to get my career going.
DA: Did you get a chance to talk to the new manager at Ashton Gate?
JE: Yes, I did. I saw him on the Tuesday, and he was very good. He just said "I'm not going to stand in your way. If you want to stay here and see what happens here, then that's up to you but I'm not going to stand in your way and I'm going to wish you all the best".
DA: First team football is what it's all about, and you've had a taste of that already of course, so that's what you want to get more of.
JE: Yes, that was the most important thing. At this stage in my career now, I need to be playing as many games as possible. I was lucky enough that manager said that he'd have me back here, so obviously I'm delighted to join.
DA: Gary Johnson knows you well from your Bristol City days as well. So that's got to be a factor in that with a manager like Gary, it makes it easier for you to come here.
JE: Definitely, he was a massive part in me signing. I've got a lot to thank him for. Obviously when he was keen to sign me, I was keen to come back here. So between us it was almost sorted as we seemed to get everything else done. Like I said, these are good times.
DA: Since you've been away from Yeovil, looking in, I suppose you've been keeping up to date with what has been going on here?
JE: Yes, definitely. It was a massive result (against Sheffield United) on Saturday. That's obviously going to make it hard for me to get back into the team, so I'll just have to work even harder. But it's exciting times here, and who knows what could happen come the end of the season. I'm here to fight.
DA: Has Gary told you that's what it is, that you're going to come here and fight for your place back in the first team?
JE: Yes, I expected that. I wasn't going to come here and think that I was just going to walk straight back into the team. The boys have won maybe four out of the last five league games now. Obviously I've got to earn my place back now, so I will do that.
DA: It's a tough game, but a game in which Yeovil will probably start as favourites against Preston on the weekend.
JE: Yes maybe, they're having a bad spell at the moment, but that can obviously lead to them working harder and stuff like that. But we're just looking at the next game to back up the result on Saturday. We need another big performance on Saturday.
DA: Nice to be at home in that respect? With the weather, who knows what's going to happen but at the moment you just have to prepare as if the game is on.
JE: Yes obviously you always hope that the game's on, and I'm hoping and have got fingers crossed that it will be. The boys are in a good run of form, so if we can keep that going then that's even better, especially in front of a home crowd, as it will give them something to cheer about.
DA: That's the thing isn't it? With the run that you're on, you don't want to break that with postponements and stuff like that. You want the run to keep going.
JE: That's exactly it. Obviously we haven't missed any games over the Christmas period, which is good. So we've got that run going. They've had a few away games, so hopefully we can give something for the home fans.
DA: There's lot to play for with Yeovil because when you look at it, you're right on the edge of the play-off places aren't you? So plenty of incentive for players like yourself to come here at the moment.
JE: Definitely, yes. You can see that there's a tight gap between a lot of teams. So if we keep the run going or if you get a good run which we are doing now, then you can push right up this league. So we're pushing it, and hopefully we'll be there at the end of the season.
DA: You'd expect there to be a decent crowd on the back of the Sheffield United win, wouldn't you, which is what you guys want - you want to be playing in front of full houses.
JE: Exactly, that's what we'd hope for. We obviously want to impress the fans and give them a show. After the results they've had recently, they'll be hoping for a big crowd.
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