Myles Anderson’s Italian adventure has made him a more cultured, experienced and mature defender, report The Hartlepool Mail.

And he’s hoping he can show Hartlepool United fans that he can not only produce the goods on the continent, but in the National League, too. In 2013, at the age of 23, Anderson was scouted by Monza, a lower league Italian side, while playing a pre-season game for Exeter City.

On a short-term deal and with the grace of then manager Paul Tisdale, the former Aberdeen and Blackburn Rovers defender decided to head to Europe.

Anderson knows that spell abroad made him a better player.

“I don’t think too many English players were playing abroad at that time. In fact, there aren’t too many playing now.

“It was a case of just wanting to mix it up. Why not change things up?” he said.

“It was very different. The culture, the training, everything.

“It made me a better player.”

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