With the new season on the horizon we are taking a closer look at Shrewsbury Town and their stand out players.
There was a major clear out in the summer as Salop got relegated from League 1 but it has led to manager, Micky Mellon, bringing in a number of quality players as well as retaining some promising youngsters.
Liam Lawrence is a name known by most English football fans after a very successful spell at Stoke City where he played a key part in their promotion and sustaining them in the Premier League.
He is a bit of a coup for League 2 and did reject offers from a lot of higher clubs . “I have come because I want to be part of something special again and get another promotion under my belt – rather than potter about at the bottom of the Championship” said Lawrence, who knew manager Micky Mellon from his time at Barnsley.
Lawrence will probably adopt a more central role at Shrewsbury and will be a great playmaker and will certainly be a threat from set pieces. At 32, he is still at a good age and should be able to show his quality at this level.
Collins has recently just signed from Hibernian following a less than successful spell in Scotland. He has proven pedigree in the lower leagues in England though having helped Shrewsbury get promoted in the 2011-12 season with 16 goals.Collins then decided to move to Swindon and scored an impressive 18 goals with the League 1 team, including brilliant hat-trick in the Capital One Cup away at Stoke City.
Shrewsbury have got a good all round striker who will look to link with other players on the pitch and get them involved in the game. He will be an aerial threat and has shown he is a good finisher. Collins will be a pivotal part in Salop’s promotion aspirations this season and it is vital that they can keep him fit.
Not a lot of players would reject the glamour of Premier League football for League 2 but that is exactly what Connor Goldson has done. The 21 year old centre back recently rejected an offer from Swansea City to stay at Shrewsbury Town stating that he doesn’t “want to go to a team and not play football. I want to stay here and play every week”. Goldson was a revelation in a very poor season last year and has shown that he will go on to play at a higher level. He has great pace and strength as well as showing tremendous composure for a lower league centre back and will be a reliable player for Salop this season.
The 20 year old centre midfielder broke on to the scene last season by filling in at right back. Whilst not an ideal situation to be playing out of position in your debut season, Woods showed how good a player he is and went on to win Player of the year for Shrewsbury Town. Micky Mellon has stated he intends to play Woods in his preferred position in the middle of the park this year and initial signs in friendlies have shown how good he is there. He has good passing ability, tremendous balance and isn’t scared of a tackle and is certainly one to keep an eye on.