Shrewsbury: Anthony Gerrard playing for free to restart career

Anthony Gerrard
Anthony Gerrard missed from the spot as Cardiff lost the 2012 League Cup final on penalties to cousin Steven's Liverpool

Shrewsbury Town defender Anthony Gerrard says he is playing for the League One club for nothing in a bid to get his career going again.

The former Walsall, Cardiff City and Hull centre-back, 29, joined the Shrews on non-contract terms after being released by Huddersfield in the summer.

"Money is the furthest thing from my mind. I just want to re-establish myself," he told BBC Radio Shropshire.

Gerrard is the cousin of former England and Liverpool captain Steven.

He finished last season on loan at Oldham having joined the Terriers in August 2012. "You can get forgotten about really quickly in football," Gerrard added.

Freebies: Other footballers who have played for nothing
David Beckham: When the former England captain joined Paris St-Germain on a five-month contract in January 2013, he donated his £1m salary to charity.
Guy Moussi: The French midfielder also gave his wages away - to four charities - after signing a short-term deal with Birmingham City in November 2014.
Tom Soares: Agreed to play for free in a bid to earn a contract after joining Bury in November 2012.
Oguchi Onyewu: After missing a year because of a knee injury, the ex-USA centre-back declined his wages for the 2010-11 season for AC Milan.
Joseba Etxeberria: Having spent almost all his career at Athletic Bilbao, the Spanish midfielder played the final year of his contract for nothing.

"It has been a long five months out in the wilderness for me so I appreciate what the gaffer [Shrews boss Micky Mellon] and Shrewsbury have done for me," Gerrard added.

"Nobody wanted to take me."

Gerrard made his Town debut as a second-half substitute in Saturday's 2-0 win over Bury and Mellon is happy with how he has taken to life at the New Meadow.

"He hadn't done any pre-season, but he's been working his socks off to get himself ready and we know how good he can be for us," Mellon said.

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