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RSL’s full back signing Adam Henley: “This is the perfect place for me”

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Real Salt Lake’s latest signing says he’s ready to hit the ground running.

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Real Salt Lake’s latest signing, Welsh-American full back Adam Henley, addressed the media after the announcement today.

He addressed some key topics, from his injury history and where he is in his career, to what he can offer at Real Salt Lake — and what RSL can offer him as a player.

Quotes from his press conference follow, as well as a full video from our Facebook Live.

Real Salt Lake announces the signing of Adam Henley

Posted by RSL Soapbox on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

On this point in his career

I’ve had a couple of problems with injuries, changes in manager, it came to a point where change was needed ... like anything where you’ve been at the same place for a long time, it just gets repetitive. I really feel like this is the perfect place for me.

On his hamstring

Perfectly fine. I’ve spent months and months, especially months off since I’ve left Blackburn, just constantly bettering the strength of not only my hamstrings, but my whole body. The time I’ve had away from football has given me a chance to sit back and look at what parts of me physically needed to be right. I feel like the people I’ve worked with have really helped me come on a lot from the problems I’ve had.

On his style of play

My strengths have definitely always been my defending, what got me into Blackburn’s first team at such a young age. ... I’m still young, I’m still learning. I’ve had great experience in the games I’ve played and the level I’ve played. I’ve played with some great players. I’m just trying to make more steps to improve my game overall, and I’m looking forward to doing that here.

You can see it all over the world now — offensive full backs making as much of an impact going forward as they do defensively. I’m versatile, and I’m happy to adopt to whatever the coach feels is the direction he wants to go. I’ve always grown up with defensively as my first job, and it will always be my first job. Anything else I can prove on top of that is a bonus.

Is he a left back or a right back?

I made my debut on the other side — I played left back when I came into the first team. I’m right-footed, so naturally the right side is where I’m more comfortable to play. I’ve played higher up the pitch on occasions, and I’m happy to be as versatile as required, really.