Shotton completes English invasion at Victory after restrictive hotel quarantine

Melbourne Victory's English invasion is finally complete, with former Stoke City and Middlesborough defender Ryan Shotton out of quarantine and into training with his new club.

Shotton has played around Britain with each of Victory's new international signings, including Englishmen Callum McManaman at Wigan, Jacob Butterfield, at Barnsley and Derby, and Benin striker Rudy Gestede at Middlesborough.

Ryan Shotton at Melbourne Victory training on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old wasn't able to do any running or work on an exercise bike in his two-week quarantine in Sydney so won't be available for Victory's clash against Brisbane on Sunday.

He hopes to debut for the Victory against Adelaide in their next match after Brisbane, which takes place two weeks later due to delays brought on by pandemic fixture changes.

"It's been a while which is why we're not going to rush into things this weekend and make sure I'm 100 per cent ready to come back in," Shotton told reporters on Wednesday after his first training session as a Victory player.

"We were well looked after in quarantine. They were really considerate during Christmas so I'm very thankful to everyone who looked after me and my family.

It was mostly strength work and a fitness regime, which was using the bed as a prop to make sure I could get strong that way.

"The club tried to get me a bike but because it was the holidays they struggled, so I didn't get anything fitness wise in. It was mostly strength work and a fitness regime, which was using the bed as a prop to make sure I could get strong that way."

"It [knowing Gestede, Butterfield and McManaman] has made it so much easier, it's allowed me to integrate so much better in the squad."

With three seasons in the English Premier League for Stoke under his belt, Shotton wants to lend his experience to Victory's defence and bid to return to the top of the A-League.

"I spoke to Brebs [Victory coach Grant Brebner] and he said, 'Listen, I am looking to compete at the top, try and win the league and I want you on board," Shotton said.

"[Brebner wants me to] bring my English experience of talking and leadership in the back four and bring some lads through.

"I've also worked with [Victory and Australian under-23 defender] Dylan Ryan the past two days and Brebner sat us down and told me that he wants to bring him through and that he learns off me.

"It's important to have partnerships all over the pitch, so if it's me and Dylan then you have to form those partnerships. I just talk my way through games, so that's what the fans will see."

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